Monday, August 18, 2014

20 year cold case, do you have any information about Kori Lamaster?

Police are still seeking information about this cold case.  "Last year her DNA was identify. Now the family is getting the word out to see if the case can be cracked.  She was a friend of one of my friends."  (Bob Hutchinson)

"Kori JoAnne Lamaster was only seventeen at the time she was found  murdered in Pogonip Park located in Santa Cruz, California.  Kori's murder is currently being investigated by the Santa Cruz Police Department and FBI. 

Kori was a resident of Pacifica, CA at the time of her death in January of 1994.  She was just like any other teenage girl; full of life and energy.  Soon after she started high school she began to change.  Kori started running away from home and having difficulties in school.  Several missing person reports were filed with the Pacifica Police Department. Kori's Parents believed a current missing persons report was still on file at the Pacifica Police Department. 

We know Kori frequented Daly City, Oakland Bart Station, Berkeley, San Francisco, the San Francisco Airport ,  Santa Cruz, and Pacifica. Kori attended Pacific Manor Elementary, Sharp Park Elementary, Vallemar Elementary, and Pacific Heights Elementary. Kori also attended Oceana and Thornton High Schools."  View more.

 "If you have any information"/Rocky. "I know that it is not an easy task to remember details of  something that occurred more than twenty years ago.  If you were a friend of Kori's you might have been in contact with her, and you might know the person or persons she was traveling with .  If you happened to be in the Santa Cruz area prior to Kori being found,  you might have noticed a young girl that matched Kori's description traveling with someone.  Please click on the Contact- Us button at the top of this page if you have any information that might help Kori's case."  Read comments. 

Related news articles -  Santa Cruz Sentinel/Santa Cruz/Stephen Baxter, 12/4/13, "Santa Cruz police identify 'Pogonip Jane' a 1993 murder victim, as Pacifica woman."  "SANTA CRUZ -- In a cold murder case that flummoxed investigators for two decades, Santa Cruz police this week identified a Pacifica 17-year-old as the woman known as Pogonip Jane. Kori Joanne Lamaster, found dead in January 1994, was identified through DNA and fingerprints, said Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark. Lamaster traveled from Pacifica to Santa Cruz and other areas of the Central Coast in late 1993, and police believe she was bludgeoned in the head with a metal pipe and partially buried in Pogonip -- a wooded area between UC Santa Cruz and the Harvey West area."We're really relieved to have an identity and to be able to provide some closure to the family," Clark said Wednesday. "But our work's not done here yet."Lamaster's killer has not been identified, and police are still seeking information in the case. Lamaster went missing in 1993. ...  Santa Cruz police asked that anyone with information on the case to call investigations at 831-420-5820, the anonymous tip line at 831-420-5995 or leave a tip at or by the mobile application at 

Note: photograph and the article from sections of the Kori JoAnne Lamaster website.   

Submitted by Bob Hutchinson

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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