November 22, 2014
BLUE LAKE, Calif. (AP) - The body of a murdered 14-year-old Humboldt County boy has been unearthed after hundreds of people searched the same area fruitlessly for 18 years.
Curtis Huntzinger lay so long in a shallow grave near Blue Lake that his bones were intertwined with the roots of redwood trees that grew up since he disappeared in May 1990.
Relatives and police using metal detectors and cadaver-sniffing dogs had crisscrossed the same area, digging numerous holes without finding a trace. But a searcher with a metal detector heard a faint click from the youth's long-buried watch earlier this month.
Searchers returned to the site at the direction of Stephen Hash, who pleaded guilty to Huntzinger's murder.
Dental records confirmed the boy's identity.
Information from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com
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