Body of girl missing since 1993 thought to be found

February 05, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

WINTERHAVEN — Visitors on a nature walk Saturday made a grisly discovery when a woman kicked what appeared to be a Styrofoam box and human bones spilled from it.

The bones are thought to be those of Angel Hart, 5, of Kansas City, Mo., murdered in 1993, Imperial County Sheriff's Office officials said this morning. Angel's mother's then-boyfriend, whose name was not available from authorities this morning, has been convicted of the murder.

As part of a plea agreement, the man agreed to show authorities where he had dumped the girl's body. Although an extensive search was conducted of the general area, the girl's body wasn't found until Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff's Sgt. Sharon Stogner said two San Diego residents and their adult daughter were walking near Araz Road about half a mile west of Quick Road about 3:20 p.m. when the San Diego woman saw what she thought was a Styrofoam box and kicked it.


The box broke apart to reveal a skull and bones, Stogner said.

"Based on some of the details, it sounds like it might be" related to the 1993 murder, Stogner said.

Apparently the Kansas City man murdered his girlfriend's daughter in Missouri and encased her body in concrete, said county Coroner's Office Investigator Gary Hayes.

The man drove to California and dumped her body somewhere between Missouri and California, investigators thought. The man told investigators he dumped the concrete out of his car near Winterhaven but was unable to tell investigators exactly where.

De Anza Search and Rescue volunteers and sheriff's deputies had years earlier searched the area about a quarter-mile east of where the bones were found Saturday, Stogner said.

A fire last year burned away brush in the area, Hayes said. The fire also apparently burned away the container, leaving the bones encased in the brittle concrete shell.

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