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Anita Piteau
Anita Piteau
Name Anita Louise Piteau
Sex Female
Found March 14, 1968
Location Huntington Beach, California
Missing from Augusta, Maine
Identified June 2020
Span 52 years
Age 26
Cause of death Homicide

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Anita Louise Piteau (March 9, 1942 - March 14, 1968) was a young woman found murdered in 1968. It is believed she may have been murdered after accepting a ride from her killer. She was identified in June 2020.

Disappearance

Few details are known about Anita's disappearance, except that she came to Southern California to "make it into Hollywood".

Her parents received letters from Anita daily, and when the letters stopped, her family hired a private investigator, but nothing came out of that.

Case

Anita's body was found hours after she died. It is speculated that she was transported to the field where she was found and was struck by her killer and had also been raped. He killed her by slashing her throat. Her body was then dragged to a ditch. Anita died only 5 days after her 26th birthday.

Investigators received a break in 2011 regarding the identity, with a person coming forward saying that she may have known the victim as 'Rosie'. 'Rosie' was from New York and had an Italian last name, and had a son named 'John'.

At the scene, a cigarette butt was found, which may have been left there by her killer. DNA results never matched in CODIS.

Identification

Colleen Fitzpatrick, formerly of the DNA Doe Project, was asked to help track down the victim's relatives using DNA. Within a week, Colleen found a relative in Maine. This relative then located his cousin's obituary, which listed her siblings and included Anita Piteau as a sibling, who hadn't been seen in years.

Using DNA from Anita's clothing, her killer was also identified as Johnny Chrisco, who died of throat cancer in 2015 at the age of 71. Little is known about Johnny except that he was in the army and arrested in Orange County in 1971.

Characteristics

  • Anita was "well developed."
  • Several missing teeth.
  • Dark brown hair.
  • Brown eyes.
  • Pierced ears.
  • Blood type O-.

Clothing and jewelry

  • White floral, long-sleeved shirt.
  • A brown faux fur coat.
  • Purple Capri pants.
  • Brown shoes.
  • An inexpensive silver-colored ring with a square, blue stone on the wedding finger.

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