STOCKTON, CA - A Stockton woman whose remains were unearthed in the yard of a Manteca home earlier this year had been strangled, the Stockton Police Department announced Tuesday.
Karen Sterzl, who was 36, was reported missing in 1991. She and Billie Faulkner had been living together on a boat at the Stockton waterfront when she was last seen in December 1990, according to Officer Joe Silva.
An anonymous tip led police investigators to a home on the 400 block on Park Street in Manteca in May of this year. Sterzl was identified from the remains buried in the yard, Silva said.