Remains found in Corning backyard officially identified

Feb 26, 2014 1:31 PM

The California Department of Justice Missing Persons DNA Laboratory in Richmond has identified the skeletal remains found last June in a Corning backyard as that of Linda Harvey Gannon.

Gannon was born in 1947 and was 32-years-old at the time of her death and the cause of death is believed to be a small caliber bullet that entered the front of her skull in 1979.

DNA samples were collected from Gannon’s living family members and compared to those extracted from the skeleton.

On June 22, 2013 following up on a tip, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office with the help of a Chico State forensic anthropologist located the remains behind a house on the 230000 Block of Loleta Avenue in Corning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office Gannon was not reported missing until April of 2013 by family members. It was also family members who provided the tip that led investigators to Gannon’s remains.

Gannon had lived at the Loleta Avenue property with her husband James who committed suicide on June 6, 2013. He was being investigated as the prime suspect.

The Sheriff’s Office said that after their investigation they are confident there is no living or outstanding suspect connected to the homicide and the investigation has been closed.


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