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Christie Wilson homicide: A killer’s household helps detectives discover sufferer’s physique after 15 years


Debbie Boyd spent an agonizing 15 years questioning the place convicted killer Mario Garcia hid the physique of her murdered daughter Christie Wilson.

“Was she in an ocean? Was she in a ditch?” requested Boyd. “And for 15 years, I by no means went to mattress with out questioning ‘the place is she? The place did Mario Garcia put her?'”

“We needed to search out her to indicate Mario, you are not going to win, you are not successful this,” stated investigator Don Murchison. “We’ll discover her and produce her house to the household.”

By means of sheer will and wit, and the assistance of two decided investigators, Boyd lastly obtained her reply.

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Christie Wilson, 27, was final seen leaving the Thunder Valley On line casino in Lincoln, California, within the early morning hours of October 5, 2005.

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Mario Garcia met Christie Wilson in a on line casino in 2005. It was the final time the 27-year-old girl was ever seen. Garcia denied having something to do with Wilson’s disappearance.

“What occurred to her, Mario? How might she merely disappear after she was with you?” “48 Hours “correspondent Erin Moriarty requested Garcia in 2006. “I haven’t got solutions for that,” he replied.

A jury disagreed. Years handed since he was convicted and in 2018, Garcia let Boyd know he needed to be launched early from his 59-year sentence. Boyd thought of negotiating with him, however modified her thoughts.

“This may be such a shame,” she stated. “He is not going to use my daughter’s physique as a bargaining chip.”

Final summer time, investigators working for the district lawyer in Placer County, Calif., obtained a tip from an unlikely supply that led them again to Garcia’s former house. There they began digging till one thing emerged from the bottom.

“We discovered Christie,” says Boyd. “It is a day that we had hoped for. My prayers have been answered. We are able to now transfer ahead with out the torment of the final 15 years.”

THE BIGGEST GAMBLE

Tiffney de Vries: Christie and I have been positively soul sisters for positive …we grew up collectively at school and simply cherished just about doing every little thing collectively.

Tiffney de Vries says greatest buddy Christie Wilson simply had a knack for making her chortle. 

Tiffney DeVries: I image her in our entrance room … simply dancing and laughing and having a lot enjoyable … I might be having the worst day … And he or she would all the time be there for me. … We all the time knew that it doesn’t matter what, we have been there for one another.

However Tiffney was not with Christie in early morning hours of October 5, 2005. That is when a surveillance digital camera in a California on line casino captured Christie strolling right into a car parking zone with a person she met that night time. 

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Christie Wilson and Mario Garcia are seen leaving the on line casino collectively at 1:13 a.m.

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Tiffney DeVries: That was actually scary as a result of we did not know the place she was or if she might be alive.

Christie was then solely 27 years previous. Her mom Debbie Boyd can hardly consider how a lot time has handed. 

Debbie Boyd: You already know, I strive not to consider it an excessive amount of as a result of it really type of takes me to a really unhappy place.

For the reason that second Christie vanished, Debbie vowed to not relaxation till she knew what Christie’s killer had achieved together with her physique.  

Debbie Boyd: I am her mom ceaselessly, and I used to be not going to surrender. 

“48 Hours” has been covering the Christie Wilson case for the previous 15 years. It started like so many of those tales do: with a involved boyfriend telling authorities that his girlfriend had gone lacking.   

Danny Burlando [2005]:  I cherished her, and I do know she cherished me, and we cared about one another very a lot. 

On the night of October 4, 2005, Christie’s boyfriend Danny Burlando says she went to the Thunder Valley On line casino to play blackjack. 

Erin Moriarty: Did it shock you to listen to she had been at a on line casino that night time?

Tiffney de Vries [2005]: You already know it — it did not — as a result of not too long ago she um — she had been telling me she’d been, you already know — enjoying some blackjack.

Again in 2005, Tiffney de Vries was a younger newlywed. She’s considered why Christie left the on line casino that night time with a stranger, and she or he had a idea. 

Tiffney de Vries [2005]: Typically I feel, “Properly what if — you already know — somebody put one thing in her drink?    

Debbie was conscious her daughter was playing, partly as a result of she was between jobs and low on cash. Her boyfriend Danny felt Christie was playing an excessive amount of.    

Erin Moriarty: When’s the final time you really talked to her? 

Danny Burlando [2005]: At 10:28 p.m. Tuesday, October 4th. We had a 55 second dialog. 

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Christie Wilson seen within the on line casino on the cellphone with Danny Burlando at 10:28 p.m. on October 4, 2005.

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Danny Burlando [2005]: I instructed her to come back house and … she was like, “OK, I am ending up. I will be house quickly.”

However when Danny awoke, there was no signal of Christie. He started leaving dozens of determined messages on Christie’s mobile phone:

1 / 4 after 10 on Wednesday. It is now been 24 hours since I talked to you final, and I am anxious sick about you … Please name me. When you’re OK, name me. When you’re not OK, name me. Let me know what is going on on. 

Danny filed a lacking individual’s report.  Investigator Don Murchison interviewed Burlando again in 2005 and says Danny was very cooperative. 

Don Murchison [2005]: Something that I needed from him after I was at that residence, he allowed me to have.   

Murchison says investigators quickly discovered their prime suspect when that on line casino video surfaced. They have been in a position to monitor down a 53-year-old man named Mario Garcia by his participant’s on line casino card. Sheriff’s deputies arrested and held him on a weapons cost.  

Mario Garcia: Christie Wilson got here and sat on my left between me and one other particular person.  

In 2006, Mario Garcia instructed “48 Hours” what he says occurred within the hours earlier than Christie disappeared.  

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Christie Wilson and Mario Garcia

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Mario Garcia: We have been at that desk for a time frame till that desk obtained sizzling. She requested me, “Hey, you need to go along with me to a different desk?” And I stated, “Certain.”

Their night time of playing ended simply previous 1 a.m. Wednesday, October 5. Garcia claimed that he and Christie walked to his automotive after which went their separate methods. And he steered that Christie could have met somebody within the car parking zone. 

Erin Moriarty: Properly, would not that be seen on digital camera? 

Mario Garcia: Properly, they do not see that she obtained in my automotive, do they? They do not see the place she went, right? 

Some 3 minutes and 41 seconds later, Garcia’s automotive reappears on the cameras and it appears as if he is the one one inside.  

George Malim [2005]: She hasn’t known as any household. Any buddies. 

Investigations Commander George Malim helped coordinate an enormous seek for Christie via the rugged and assorted terrain of Placer County.  

George Malim: We utilized search and rescue folks and their automobiles … and so they drove each highway they may … each driveway, seemed in each culvert … and nonetheless nothing was discovered. 

Among the many searchers was Christie’s heartbroken older sister Stacie. 

Stacie Wilson [2005]: You wanna hear particulars, however you do not. It is similar to you get this picture in my head of “god, what she will need to have been going via.”

The bodily searches turned up nothing, however then investigators started trying into Mario Garcia’s previous … and what they discovered was chilling.  

Wendy Ward [2005]: You do not cross Mario. You do not cross him, particularly should you’re a girl and also you’re alone. You do not cross him. 

GARCIA’S PAST

Regardless that Mario Garcia was the final individual seen with Christie Wilson, to some he appeared an unlikely homicide suspect. He was a mission supervisor for a neighborhood hospital, married with two teenage boys.  

Mario Garcia: I’m, and I’ve been fortunately married.  

Jean Garcia [2006]:  Your husband … is your future … and with him I’ve that feeling. I simply have that connection. 

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Jean and Mario Garcia

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Garcia’s spouse Jean defended him. 

Jean Garcia:  He’s a household man … if he isn’t working we’ll take the children for sports activities. 

And his son Kris, then 19, stated he is an incredible dad. 

Kris Garcia [2006]: … he was all the time there for us … you already know he’d all the time come house, be certain … all of us sit on the desk. … we’re only a good household. 

The household lived in a home on 5 lovely acres in Auburn, California – Gold Nation.  

Jean Garcia: With Mario, I all the time be ok with him.  

However investigators weren’t about to take Jean’s phrase for it. 4 days after Christie disappeared, they went to Garcia’s house to query him and ran a legal background examine. And that is how they discovered Wendy Ward, a girl from Garcia’s previous.  

Wendy Ward [2005]: Once I first met him, I discovered him to be very clever, very articulate, very heat. 

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Wendy Ward and Mario Garcia met and commenced courting in 1978.

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 Wendy Ward met Garcia in 1978 close to Oakland, when she was 26 and he was 27, and so they started courting.  

Wendy Ward [2005]: I’d say a really supportive individual. It felt like he cared so much.  

However Wendy says he additionally had a mood, and he reached a boiling level after she ended the connection. He grabbed her one night time and drove off together with her in his van.

Wendy Ward [2005]: He was holding my neck, or he was holding my head … and he says, `You do something, you do something, I’ll take your head and I’ll smash it.”

Wendy Ward [2005]: I feel he stated to me, “Take off your garments” or – -or one thing like that, and I stated, “No.” … I simply was clawing, scratching, no matter I might do. … Then he began to choke me. I could not — I could not breathe. I could not breathe.  

Erin Moriarty:  Did you suppose you have been going to die? 

Wendy Ward [2005]:  I did.  I actually did.   

She says he raped her after which took her again to his condo.  

Wendy Ward [2005]: … he pulled a gun out of his cupboard … and he held it to my head … and he pulled the set off. … he says, “properly it wasn’t loaded this time,” however principally, “I can come and get you anytime I would like.”

Wendy says he raped her once more. After which, he casually made himself a sandwich, ate it, and drove her house.  

Wendy Ward [2005]: I am stunned that I really am alive. I — I am very fortunate. 

Wendy instantly went to the hospital, and police arrested Garcia. However the court docket case stalled for 2 years, earlier than prosecutors supplied him a deal. 

Wendy Ward [2005]: I figured it is higher than nothing and let’s do that after which let’s transfer on.  Garcia agreed to plead responsible to 1 rely of assault with a lethal weapon and was sentenced to 18 month’s probation. Consider it or not, Garcia says he is the one who was railroaded. 

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Mario Garcia 

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Mario Garcia [2006]: She made allegations that weren’t true.

Erin Moriarty: There was a gun concerned, wasn’t there?

Mario Garcia: There was no gun concerned. 

Erin Moriarty: You pled responsible to assault with a lethal weapon and there was no gun concerned? You simply supplied to plead responsible? 

Mario Garcia: I possess weapons, I possess weapons however there was no — we had a stormy relationship.

Erin Moriarty: If you say stormy relationship, did you hit her? 

Mario Garcia: No, I didn’t.  
 
Wendy by no means forgot about Garcia, however she moved on … till October 2005, not lengthy after Christie went lacking, when she was tracked down by Detective Murchison.  
 
Erin Moriarty: If you heard that Christie Wilson disappeared and the final individual to see her alive was Mario Garcia, what was your response? 

Wendy Ward: I felt sick to my abdomen.  

Wendy instructed Murchison what occurred with Garcia, and she or he stated there was one thing else about Garcia they wanted to know. 

Wendy Ward: I felt, after my very own incident with him … that he might very simply do that once more with another person. 

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than one thing horrible involving Mario Garcia occurred once more.

Tom Davis [2005]: My youthful sister and I have been friends, we have been buddies. She was numerous enjoyable to be round. She was very outgoing. 

Tom Davis’ sister Lynette dated Mario Garcia after Wendy in 1979. It, too, was a risky relationship, and Garcia was upset with Lynette as a result of she ended a being pregnant together with his youngster. However the couple nonetheless celebrated Christmas with Lynette’s mom. After dinner, the three of them obtained into Lynette’s automotive.  

John Cave [2005]: The streets have been dry; the climate was clear. 

Retired officer John Cave was the chief accident investigator for the Oakland Police Division. That Christmas night time, he obtained a name {that a} automotive had plunged into the water close to the Oakland airport.  

John Cave: The witnesses stated the automotive pulled over to the best shoulder. They drove by, and the automotive accelerated. … And there was a ledge, like into the pier, and the automotive shot off that ledge out into the water … And that is the place it sunk. 

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Lynette Smith and Violet Davis

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Garcia was the one survivor.  

Mario Garcia: I panicked and ultimately, I took my seat belt and I opened one of many home windows … all this rush of water got here into the automotive. I obtained out and everyone else, I assumed, obtained out.  

He instructed police Lynette was driving, however they could not verify who was behind the wheel. 

Erin Moriarty: If the truth is Mario Garcia was the motive force and he meant to kill Lynette and her mom … it is not a really environment friendly method to do away with someone, is it? 

John Cave: It labored did not it? … and, if he was the motive force, he obtained away with it. 

Cave needed to query Garcia additional, however he obtained a lawyer the subsequent day.  

Erin Moriarty: Why, if it have been only a easy accident, would you not speak to the police and would you rent a legal lawyer? 

Mario Garcia: It is the factor to do. It is the authorized proper of each citizen of the USA. And my lawyer suggested me to not speak to them. 

After the accident, a heartbroken Tom reached out to an previous buddy from his hometown. Extremely, it was Wendy Ward. As they talked, she requested how his sister was doing.  

Tom Davis: I stated, “Yeah, she was killed in a automotive accident, concerned with this man named Mario Garcia.” “Mario Garcia?”
 
Wendy Ward: It goes past disbelief. 

Tom Davis: She says, “I used up to now him.  I used to be concerned with him.  I’ve rape prices in opposition to him.”

No prices have been ever filed in opposition to Garcia for Lynette and her mom’s deaths. However Debbie Boyd had heard all she wanted to about Mario Garcia. 

Debbie Boyd [2005]: You are not fooling anyone, and particularly not me. … And I’ll proceed to pursue you and pursue you and pursue you.  

THE CASE AGAINST MARIO GARCIA

After three weeks of looking, Placer County authorities made a tricky resolution: to cost Mario Garcia with Christie’s homicide regardless that they hadn’t discovered her physique. Her mom Debbie Boyd anxious there wasn’t sufficient proof.  

Debbie Boyd [2005]: The considered him getting off on this case, as soon as once more, scares the dwelling daylights out of me for each girl. 

Garen Horst [2006]: It was a big case to place collectively. 

Garen Horst, the Placer County deputy district lawyer on the time, had the unenviable process of prosecuting the county’s first no-body homicide trial in September 2006 
 
Erin Moriarty: So, what do you consider occurred to Christie Wilson? 

Garen Horst: She went out of the on line casino with the defendant. … Sooner or later within the car on the on line casino, he incapacitated her.   

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Mario Garcia leaves the car parking zone in his automotive, seemingly alone.

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Garen Horst: He was in all probability placing her within the backseat in order that when he drove away no person might see. … So far as what he did … afterwards, that is anyone’s guess.  

Erin Moriarty: Was she in your automotive? 

Mario Garcia [2006]: No, she by no means was inside my automotive. … Sooner or later in time, she says that she left her mobile phone within the on line casino and we embrace. … And that, that was the tip of the dialog.  

Investigators did later discover Christie’s cellphone within the on line casino, however there isn’t any footage of her returning to get it and no footage of Christie entering into Garcia’s automotive. However Horst says the proof show Christie was contained in the automotive.

Garen Horst: One in every of Christie’s pulled hairs was present in that trunk. 

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Small quantities of Christie Wilson’s blood was discovered on the door and backseat of Mario Garcia’s automotive, and her hairs have been present in his trunk and on a door deal with. 

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Crime scene investigators additionally discovered tiny drops of her blood on the backseat and door.  

Mario Garcia: Why is it that the DNA on the door, claimed to be of Christie Wilson, was the one factor that was discovered? Why is it that the DNA from my sons, my spouse and different people who have been within the automotive weren’t discovered? 

Erin Moriarty: By your individual admission, you cleaned the automotive.

Mario Garcia: I cleaned everyone else’s DNA besides Christie Wilson? That is the one factor they discovered. So how did it get there? 

Erin Moriarty: What’s your response when the protection insinuates … that was planted? 

Don Murchison [2006]: It significantly angers me … They could not defend what was there, so that they needed to say it was planted. 

The prosecution says the proof that incriminates Garcia is as plain because the scratches on his face and physique left by Christie as she fought for her life.   

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When police spoke with Garcia 4 days later, he had scratches on his face and chest. Investigators believed Christie Wilson left the marks throughout a battle. 

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Erin Moriarty: Did you get the scratches … via Christie Wilson?

Mario Garcia: No. Completely not. 

However the morning after that journey to the on line casino, a number of of Garcia’s co-workers say they noticed scratches on Garcia’s face, and he visited the attention physician.  

Mario Garcia: These are accidents that I acquired via poison oak and falling from a tree.

But Robert Royer, an emergency room physician who sat on the similar desk as Garcia on the on line casino, instructed investigators he might clearly see Garcia’s face that night time.  
 
Erin Moriarty: How far is — is Mario Garcia from you? 

Robert Royer [2006]: Two ft? Lower than a meter. 

Erin Moriarty: Did he appear to have any accidents on his face? 

Robert Royer: I did not see any accidents, no … and I am moderately good at making these type of observations ‘trigger that is what I do for a dwelling. 

Erin Moriarty: Why would not the emergency room physician see these?

Mario Garcia: I can’t reply what he noticed or did not see.

And nobody can reply why Christie left the on line casino with Garcia. Those that knew her had questioned if he put one thing in her drink. And the prosecution presents proof to help that idea.

Every week after Christie disappeared, Garcia searched on-line for details about how authorities take a look at for date rape medicine. However when Garcia takes the stand, he insists he is achieved nothing fallacious.

Mario Garcia [to Erin Moriarty]: I needed to inform the court docket that I’m very sorry Christie Wilson is lacking. However I do not know the place she’s at.  

The jury would not get to listen to about Garcia’s violent previous regardless that he comes face-to-face with a reminder.  

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Wendy Ward travelled to Sacramento to fulfill Debbie and Christie’s household for the primary time.  

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To indicate her help, Wendy Ward travels to Sacramento to fulfill Debbie and Christie’s household for the primary time.  

Wendy Ward [2006]: I could not cease hugging her. I simply needed to carry her and hug her and all of the household. They’re simply going via a lot.  

Wendy heads to court docket with the Boyds for closing arguments, the place Garcia’s lawyer means that nobody even is aware of if Christie is lifeless.  

Erin Moriarty: Are you saying that Christie Wilson should be alive? 

Mario Garcia: Do we all know if she’s lifeless? 

The jury concluded it did know: “Case 55517 We the jury within the above and titled motion discover the defendant Mario Flavio Garcia responsible of a violation …”

DEBBIE BOYD [to reporters]: Completely justice has been served.  It is about time. Now, if he is any type of a person, he’ll inform us the place he disposed of my daughter. 

At Garcia’s sentencing in January 2007, the Boyds nonetheless held out hope that Garcia would disclose the place he left Christie’s physique in trade for a lesser sentence.  

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Mario Garcia addresses the decide at his sentencing.

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MARIO GARCIA: I suppose that at this listening to I am speculated to ask for mercy, for forgiveness, and to indicate regret. Nevertheless … I cannot do such factor [sic] … I didn’t kill Christie Wilson.  I’m harmless. 

Garcia’s sentence, 25 years to life, is doubled due to his assault on Wendy Ward. When different prices have been added, his complete sentence grew to become 59 years-to-life. 

Debbie Boyd [after the sentencing]: At this level, I do not ever count on that he’ll disclose what he did with Christie. 

Jean Garcia [2006]: The reality is on the market. And Mario instructed me that we now have to discovered [sic] Christie and that is the one hope he has. 

Jean Garcia didn’t know that her family would play a key function within the seek for Christie.  

WHERE IS CHRISTIE?

Mario Garcia’s homicide conviction in 2006 was hardly the tip of the case for Christie’s mom. Garcia was despatched to jail and the years dragged by. However he refused to say what he did together with her physique. It has been the thriller on the middle of this case, and it has gnawed at Deb’s soul. 

Debbie Boyd: Debbie is ceaselessly modified. Mario Garcia modified that. He modified me.  

The lack of her daughter was crushing, however Debbie knew she could not enable Garcia to manage her life.    

Debbie Boyd: We made a dedication … he’s not going to take our marriage … He is not going to take the marriages of our kids. He is not going to disrupt our jobs. We’re not giving him any extra. 

That was not simple as Garcia filed one enchantment after one other. 

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Debbie and Pat Boyd

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Debbie Boyd: You may’t transfer ahead utterly when you will have all these appeals … You already know, it is such as you transfer ahead 5 steps and then you definitely’re again in it once more. 

Pat Boyd, Christie’s stepfather and a former San Jose detective, knew the stakes have been excessive. 

Pat Boyd: ‘Trigger it is not like we had an amazing quantity of proof. A small quantity of proof being misplaced, the case would have been misplaced. 

Nuno Tavares: The priority is all the time there for appeals but it surely was not a distraction that it took us away from … our, our duties and our mission to attempt to discover Christie. 

Nuno Tavares, an investigator for the Placer County District Legal professional’s Workplace, and fellow investigator Don Murchison had been on the case from the start and by no means let go.  

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Investigators Don Murchison and Nuno Tavares.

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Erin Moriarty: Why is it so vital to the 2 of you to carry her house? 

Don Murchison As a result of the household wanted her … They wanted a spot the place they may go and to spend time together with her. 

Nuno Tavares: We needed to present Debbie and her household again management … up till this level, he managed the placement of Christie’s stays. And that did not sit properly with me.

Morgan Gire:They’re extremely devoted. They’re very skilled … their steadiness between robust cop and teddy bear is the suitable steadiness.  

Placer County District Legal professional Morgan Gire gave Nuno and Murch, as Debbie calls them, the inexperienced gentle to maintain on the lookout for Christie and so they ran with it — going to extraordinary lengths to search out her regardless of how soiled the job.  

Don Murchison: We really pumped a whole septic tank out … We pumped out your complete 2,000 gallons of sewage and went via it by hand. 

Erin Moriarty: That’s willpower. 

All these searches over all these years turned up nothing however the investigation entered a brand new part in 2017 after Tony Lopez, an anchor for the CBS Sacramento, performed an interview with Debbie. She directed some rigorously chosen phrases to Garcia. 

DEBBIE BOYD [CBS Sacramento interview]: I now view him as a misplaced soul … And that I typically marvel — I would like him to know I typically marvel how he ever grew to become the person that he did. …  If Mario have been to go away with me not having had the chance to take a seat and simply speak with him, I do know I’d ceaselessly remorse it.

Debbie says Garcia noticed that interview and commenced writing letters to her and Placer County officers. Garcia apologized for what Debbie had gone via however didn’t settle for duty for Christie’s homicide. 

Debbie Boyd: I needed Christie again so dangerous that I assumed, you already know what? Let’s examine how far this goes.

Morgan Gire: Deb had struggled with the concept, you already know, what do you negotiate with a person who has been convicted of the homicide of your daughter who is aware of the place she is? 

However in the end, Debbie modified her thoughts—she couldn’t carry herself to barter with Garcia.  

Debbie Boyd: I used to be sitting there considering, “what on Earth are you doing, Debbie? Get a grip.” This may be such a shame … He is not going to use my daughter’s physique as a bargaining chip. 

Morgan Gire: And we definitely weren’t going to comply with let him out in trade for the placement of her stays. So actually, the one choice was, discover her.

Nuno and Murch reapproached Garcia’s household. Investigators knew Jean Garcia had divorced Mario after his conviction. She had reached some extent the place she now not believed Garcia.   

Nuno Tavares: … she stated she was very satisfied that Mario had one thing to do with Christie’s disappearance and homicide. 

The investigators additionally reached out to Garcia’s sons, Kris and Andy, and walked them via the 4 days in October 2005 after Christie went lacking however earlier than police started questioning Garcia. What did they see? How did their father behave? 

Nuno Tavares: We went via — day by day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, after which it obtained to Saturday. And that is the place the story obtained somewhat bit attention-grabbing. … Kris had an vital soccer recreation. 

Nuno Tavares: He noticed his dad engaged on a tractor … working type of frantically and had type of a crazed look in his eyes as he was working across the property … And he instructed Kris, “I am not going.” And it was a really agency, “I am not going.” … Kris discovered that out of character for Mario.

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In August 2020, Nuno Tavares and Don Murchison went again and searched the property across the house the place Mario Garcia and his household lived on the time of Christie’s disappearance.

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The investigators requested Kris to accompany them again to his childhood house, which the household misplaced in 2007, to pinpoint the spot the place he had seen his father engaged on the tractor.  

Nuno Tavares: He stated it was proper subsequent to the indifferent storage, proper alongside the highway. 

It was barely 100 yards from the Garcia home. But when he had been digging in that spot with a tractor simply days earlier than deputies searched the property, why hadn’t anybody seen?  

Don Murchison: It wasn’t only a small space the place he had landscaped … there was landscaping all around the property.

Nuno Tavares: And you have to bear in mind, he had time. Mario has 4 or 5 days to actually do that proper …

Don Murchison: Mario did a extraordinarily good job … making the terrain appear to be it simply match the realm.

And Nuno and Murch additionally knew that cadaver canine had roamed the property again in 2005 and had discovered nothing.  

Nuno Tavares: … cadaver canine are a software like another software that we use. Typically they work, typically they do not. 

A 12 months handed and in August 2020, investigators determined they might take one other look. This time, they introduced with them an organization that specialised in floor penetrating radar or GPR. Practically your complete 5 acres have been scanned, and technicians pinpointed eight spots the place there have been voids or pockets beneath the floor. The primary two holes produced nothing.  

Erin Moriarty: You struck out twice. 

Nuno Tavares: We have been going for a very long time. Three is now my favourite gap … it is my favourite gap as a result of that is the place Mario was working that day …

Erin Moriarty: And the way far did you go?

Nuno Tavares: … we began pulling again about 25 ft, pulling simply a few inches at a time, went about 18-feet vast … and out of the nook of my peripheral, I see a bone popping up out of the bottom.  

Nuno Tavares: I used to be somewhat bit in need of breath, I will let you know that … The blood was dashing … And we stopped every little thing. We froze every little thing.

It was the second of reality — had Nuno and Murch discovered Christie Wilson? 

“WE FOUND CHRISTIE”

Buried on what was as soon as Mario Garcia’s property, Nuno and Murch had discovered what seemed like a human bone. They wanted affirmation, so, they known as in archeologist Cindy Arrington. She instantly instructed them the bone was human, however the detectives weren’t satisfied.

Cindy Arrington: He is like, “you are not shut sufficient.” I stated, “oh, sure, I’m [laughs]. … And he stated, “get nearer.” … So, that they had me get down within the trench and actually double examine, triple examine. OK, sure. It is human.

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On the third location, simply 100 yards from Mario Garcia’s former house, investigators recovered almost a full skeleton. Checks would later verify it was Christie Wilson’s.

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Human — however was it Christie’s? Extra identification work wanted to be achieved however discovering any human bones on Garcia’s property was massive information and so they instantly shared it with the sheriff and the DA.   

Nuno Tavares: They got here to the conclusion that … we have to get this information to Debbie rapidly. 
 
And so they knew how they wanted to get it to her. For years, Debbie and Wendy Ward have helped the detectives educate a category for murder investigators. And simply two months earlier, somebody within the class requested Debbie a query nobody had ever requested earlier than.  

Debbie Boyd: “Mrs. Boyd, in case your daughter was ever recovered, how would you need to be notified?” … And I simply stated, “you already know, please do not ever simply name me on the cellphone.”

Nuno and Murch flew to Scottsdale, Arizona. It was almost midnight when the Boyds’ doorbell rang. Debbie was asleep on the sofa. Pat answered the door.  

Don Murchison: He opened up the door and he checked out us and he obtained a giant smile on his face. He stated, “Hello, guys, how’s it going?” … After which you could possibly see him pause and you could possibly see issues beginning to click on the gears in his head. 

Debbie Boyd: And I obtained up. … I simply was in a fog … And I checked out them and he stated, “Debbie. It is Murch. And it is Nuno.” I stated, “what are you doing right here?”

Don Murchison: So. that is after we instructed her that we had discovered human stays on Mario’s property that we believed have been Christie’s, however we could not verify that.  

Nuno Tavares: I bear in mind her that night time saying, “is it OK to be comfortable or joyful?” She stored trying round going, “Is that OK?”

Pat Boyd: We did not know whether or not we should always open a bottle of champagne, what — it was simply numerous hugs, some quietness and typically simply sitting there letting it sink in.  

Debbie made plans to fly to California to inform her daughter Stacie. And earlier than she left for the airport the subsequent morning, Nuno and Murch heard that their staff had had discovered almost a whole skeleton and it was particular — the bones have been Christie’s.  
 
Days later, Debbie shared the information with the world and made positive to thank Nuno and Murch. 

DEBBIE BOYD [to reporters]: As we speak is a day that completely displays a few of the biggest degree of perseverance and police work {that a} sufferer’s household might ever ask for. 

Pat Boyd: They introduced two folks house. They introduced my daughter house. They introduced my spouse house. 

Erin Moriarty: Do you are feeling that you simply obtained Deb again? Inform me about that.

Pat Boyd: She will consider extra than simply the place is Christie?  

Kris and Jean did not need to communicate publicly, however they’re grateful to have closure for Christie’s household, and their very own. 

Nuno Tavares: Kris, Andy, Jean — they did not ask to have a dad and a husband who was a assassin, who buried his sufferer on their property, the place they lived and performed. They did not ask for that. 

After which there have been the opposite victims of Mario Garcia who have been hit onerous by Christie’s homicide, like Danny Burlando, her boyfriend on the time. 

Danny Burlando: I did not notice … how a lot had actually been bottled up for 15 years. … I feel I’ll have been judged, misjudged, misunderstood via the method … and that did not actually enable me to grieve and be a sufferer on this, on this entire factor. 

Wendy Ward was additionally relieved. She is aware of how fortunate she is to have survived her personal encounter with Garcia and has used artwork to assist remodel the sentiments that she’s held onto for all these years. 

Wendy Ward: It helped shift these emotions into one thing optimistic — what got here up in me to create that and to outlive and to say no extra. 

Everybody concerned takes satisfaction that Christie was discovered with out making a cope with Garcia. And the invention lays to relaxation any doubts about Garcia’s guilt.  
 
Debbie Boyd: I imply, there isn’t any larger proof.

The post-mortem revealed that Christie’s hand and nostril have been damaged, but it surely could not set up a explanation for loss of life.  

Erin Moriarty: Do you consider he strangled her?

Don Murchison: I feel that is very possible … what — what occurred that day … However we simply do not know. 

Those that cherished Christie attempt to concentrate on the life she lived. Her greatest buddy Tiffney de Vries says she’s reminded of Christie by the little issues she cherished — a track on the radio, or the way in which Christie danced.   

Tiffney de Vries: For me, Christie has by no means been utterly gone. I have been carrying her spirit with me day by day. 

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In October 2020, to mark the anniversary of Christie’s loss of life, Debbie Boyd visited the pier in Capitola, California, the place the household put a plaque a few years in the past.  

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Debbie and Christie’s father Dennis had Christie’s stays cremated. In October 2020, to mark the anniversary of her loss of life, Debbie visited the pier in Capitola the place the household put a plaque a few years in the past.  

Debbie Boyd: It is a place that Christie simply completely cherished … It was what she known as her comfortable place. 

Debbie says now not having to marvel the place Christie is adjustments every little thing.  

Debbie Boyd: We are able to grieve the way in which that we should always have been in a position to grieve 15 years in the past. There is a peace about that. 

Debbie Boyd: I used to be so blessed to be her mother for 27 years and that I’ll carry with me ceaselessly. 

Mario Garcia died of pneumonia on December 24, 2020.

He died with out ever admitting guilt.


Produced by Paul LaRosa and Dena Goldstein. Greg Fisher is the event producer. Jud Johnston, George Baluzy and Joan Adelman are the editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer.



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