Backyard Dig Reopens 35-Year-Old Cold Case

Detectives return to the site of a dig that began Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of a woman in 1978

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    Homicide agents dug through a backyard in the 500 block of Essex Street in Glendora Wednesday as part of an investigation into the 1978 disappearance of a then-24-year-old woman who used to live at the home. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 22, 2013. (Published Thursday, May 23, 2013)

    Homicide detectives Wednesday dug up the backyard of a Glendora home where a young woman lived before she disappeared more than three decades ago.

    Wendy Susan Byron was 24 years old when she disappeared without a trace in August 1978. At the time, detectives were able to find just Byron’s car at the Ontario Airport.

    Detectives returned to the home Thursday morning to continue the dig. A law enforcement mobile command center vehicle arrived at the home early Thursday.

    Investigators from the LA County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau and the county coroner’s office responded at 8 a.m. to the 500 block of Essex Street “looking for evidence regarding this investigation,” said Lt. Holly Francisco with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Homicide Bureau.

    Rob Byron was married to Wendy Susan Byron when she went missing. He did not want to speak on camera Wednesday night, but told NBC4 that the days after his wife vanished were “a very confusing time.”

    Margie Green, who used to work with Rob Byrons, said it would be confusing for anybody.

    “He felt she had left him and disappeared,” Green said.

    “When he would speak about it, it was more, there were hurt feelings over it,” she added.

    Rob Byron now lives 10 minutes away from his former home that Wednesday turned into a crime scene. He’s tried to put the past behind him, telling NBC4 that he disposed of every photograph he had of his young wife.

    The only image NBC4 could find, pictured at left, is from an “I Care” website for missing people and unsolved murders.

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