FRENCH CAMP, CALIF.
Victims’ remains identified
Two more possible victims of the “Speed Freak Killers” were identified Friday — more than 25 years after the teens disappeared from their Stockton homes, authorities said. The remains of Kimberly Billy, who went missing in 1984 at the age of 19, and JoAnn Hobson, who disappeared in 1985 at 16, were among the hundreds of bone fragments found last month in an abandoned well. The disclosures bring to four the number of missing young women from the Central Valley whose remains have been found this year as the result of death row inmate Wesley Shermantine’s crudely drawn maps directing authorities to burial sites.
Citrus disease detected
A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite industry efforts to keep it at bay. After a week of testing the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed at noon Friday that citrus greening was detected in a lemon-grapefruit hybrid tree in a residential neighborhood of Los Angeles County. The bacterial disease stands to threaten not only California’s nearly $2 billion citrus industry, but also treasured backyard trees scattered throughout the state.
Fragments lead to debate
Newly released Pentagon documents show that Air Force officers debated briefly about burial at sea before concluding that 1,321 unidentifiable fragments of remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon should be treated as medical waste and incinerated. A string of emails running from Aug. 5 to 7, 2002, reveal that an unidentified Air Force colonel suggested scattering the already cremated remains at sea. A second official — a civilian — said it might be appropriate to also have witnesses and a chaplain present. Their arguments that the 9/11 remains weren’t just normal waste were rejected by others who concluded the material was medical waste and should not be treated like human remains. The emails were among nearly 2,000 pages of documents released by the Pentagon on Friday detailing operations at the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Compiled from wire reports.