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New leads surface in death investigation


BARSTOW • Dan Williams hopes to finally solve the case of a woman who was last seen alive in the Barstow area 10 years ago. 

Williams, an investigator for the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, made a trip to the Barstow area on Thursday to follow up on new leads regarding the death of Catherine Lique.

Human remains were found in Death Valley National Park by hikers in March 2008 and were positively identified as Lique’s in 2009, Johnson said. 

“I got this case about a year ago, after it made its way through different hands,” Williams said. “I looked at it, talked to the family and made some phone calls, and have looked closely at the facts of the case. When you look closely at it, there are definitely some things about this case that make you think it can be solved.” 

According to Williams, Lique was known to frequent truck stops in the Barstow area and was last seen in November 2003. Lique was 44 when she disappeared. 

Williams said new leads have surfaced about Lique’s death, but he could not reveal any information that could jeopardize the investigation. 

“All I can really say, being as vague as possible, is the leads can’t be ignored,” Johnson said. “I’m going to look to talk to several people in the Newberry Springs and Yermo area on Thursday about Lique’s last known whereabouts.” 

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call Williams at 760-876-5103. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-782-7463.

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