Cold case Corning murder closed, questions remain

Feb 27, 2014 5:37 PM

The case is closed on Linda Gannon's murder. But her family will never have justice.
Linda Gannon's remains were discovered on a property on Loleta Avenue in Corning last June. Lab results proved it was the woman who disappeared in 1979. At the time of her disappearance, her husband, Jim Gannon, a teacher, told family members that she'd run away to Mexico with another man. Then, according to investigators with the Tehama County Sheriff's Department, in 2000, a family member posted a message to, asking Linda, wherever she was, to contact them. More than a decade later, another member of the family saw the post, and family members realized there were inconsistencies in statements Jim Gannon had made to different sides of the family.
One of the family members contacted the Tehama County Sheriff's Department, and an investigation was launched in 2013. Weeks later, before he could be interviewed, investigators say Jim Gannon killed himself on the property he had shared with Linda. Acting on a tip, investigators searched the property and found Linda's remains.
Linda's sister Sally tells Action News Now she believes Jim killed Linda and lied about her disappearance to cover up his crime. She says in 1979, her mother contacted the Tehama County Sheriff's Department, but someone with the department said there was nothing he could do because foul play was not suspected. Tehama County Assistant Sheriff says there is no record that a missing persons report was never filed. She describes Linda as "well-educated, kind, and fun." The Tehama County Sheriff's Department says the case is closed.


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