SANTA BARBARA (AP) — Santa Barbara authorities say they are going to start excavating a site along U.S. Highway 101 in the search for the remains of a 7-year-old girl who vanished nearly 50 years ago.

Police Lt. Paul McCaffrey said Tuesday that the digging will begin later in the day at a location where search dogs found an area of interest.

Ramona Price disappeared on Sept. 2, 1961, and police now suspect she was another victim of serial killer Mack Ray Edwards, who confessed to killing more than 20 children before he committed suicide on death row in San Quentin in 1971. Edwards was a heavy equipment operator who worked on freeway construction at the site along U.S. 101.

Authorities expect the excavation to take several days.

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Comments (4)
  1. Barbi Winters says:

    Thank God she has not been forgotten.

  2. mojo says:

    The state is on the brink of bankruptcy. Why are we using precious money and resources for a 50 year old case? Are there not more pressing cases to pursue?

    Who in the heck lost their mind to allow this waste of taxpayer dollars? This is one of the many reason the state is broke.

  3. CAN says:

    Mojo – you apparently have never had a loved one die – especially one that has been an unsolved murder for so many years – and hopefully, you never do.

    Barbi – Amen

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