Authorities started digging on Tuesday for the remains of a Santa Barbara girl who disappeared nearly a half century ago. Ramona Price was last seen leaving her home near Modoc Road in September of 1961. Evidence uncovered during the last few years is now pointing towards the involvement of a construction worker, who later confessed to being a serial killer, and eventually committed suicide while awaiting execution in San Quentin.
Santa Barbara Police detectives now think Mark Ray Edwards may have abducted, and killed the seven year old girl, and buried her body at the 101 Freeway-Winchester interchange, which was under construction at the time. Cadaver dogs were brought in last week to search for the girl’s remains, and apparently got a possible hit. Crews started digging at the site Tuesday, but didn’t report a positive find from the site.