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Children's Unsolved Murders Add Questions to the Pain

Crime: Fourteen kids in the state have been abducted and killed by strangers since 1991. Six cases remain open.

July 28, 2002|RAY F. HERNDON and JEFF GOTTLIEB | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Taken as a hostage by five gang members attempting to extort money from her father in February. Killed when the getaway car crashed in Lancaster. All five were later caught and convicted.

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Maria Piceno, 8

Year: 1995

Status: Solved

Abducted in March while walking from her home in Lemoore to a nearby store. Her killer was a Lemoore naval base seaman.

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Cecil Turner, 2

Year: 1996

Status: Unsolved

Disappeared from his parents' Mission Viejo home early Aug. 13. His body was found six hours later, hidden by brush on the banks of nearby Oso Creek.

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Anthony Martinez, 10

Year: 1997

Status: Unsolved

Was playing in an alley near his home in Beaumont in April. A man approached, pulled a knife and forced him into his car. After a massive search, his body was found two weeks later in the desert near Indio, bound with duct tape.

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Isaiver Teague, 4

Year: 1998

Status: Unsolved

Was walking to a phone booth in Fresno with his 16-year-old aunt in July. Four months later, their bones were found two miles away.

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Courtney Sconce, 12

Year: 2000

Status: Solved

Forced into a car while leaving middle school near Sacramento. The son of a state deputy attorney general pleaded guilty.

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Times staff writer H.G. Reza contributed to this report.

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