Their mother and father have since died, as have the opposite siblings — three brothers and a sister, Ms. Sanz mentioned. A daughter of Ms. Scott, dwelling in Louisiana, couldn’t instantly be reached on Wednesday.
“It’s simply me that remembers her,” Ms. Sanz, now 67, mentioned on Wednesday, talking by phone from her California house. “It’s good to have the ability to communicate for her in any case this time. The massive headline was ‘Go-go woman discovered lifeless.’”
“There was somewhat extra to her than a ‘go-go woman,’” Ms. Sanz mentioned.
Ms. Sanz mentioned that her sister had dropped out of highschool at 17 and married a Navy man, they usually had two kids. The couple moved to Louisiana, and Ms. Scott then took her kids to California. Finally, the youngsters remained with their father and his household, and Ms. Scott remained alone in California, Ms. Sanz mentioned.
She started working as a cocktail waitress after which as a dancer, nicknamed Fortunate, at an area membership, Ms. Sanz mentioned. On Nov. 20, Ms. Scott’s co-worker went to search for her at her house and located her lifeless. Ms. Scott had been strangled and raped, the furnishings in disarray and chain damaged on the door, Ms. Sanz mentioned, quoting the native newspaper experiences from 1969.
Ms. Sanz mentioned investigators had tried to comply with leads, often filling in her household about their efforts, however the case finally went chilly. “I used to be feeling somewhat defeated,” Ms. Sanz mentioned.
“Life simply went on,” she mentioned. And on, for the following 50 years.
However a couple of years in the past, Ms. Sanz started seeing how DNA expertise was serving to investigators discover suspects in different murders, together with the DeAngelo case.
“And I assumed, ‘Why can’t they do this with Mary’s case?’” Ms. Sanz mentioned.
She contacted a pal, a retired police officer, in 2019, the 12 months of the fiftieth anniversary of the homicide. The pal helped contact folks nonetheless on the police power, and a brand new search was born.
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