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A killer’s household helps detectives discover sufferer’s stays after 15 years

This story initially aired on Jan. 30, 2021. It was up to date on Dec. 30, 2023.

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 point out Mario, you are not going to win, you are not profitable this,” stated investigator Don Murchison. “We will discover her and convey her dwelling to the household.”

By sheer will and wit, and the assistance of two decided investigators, Boyd lastly bought 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 Oct. 5, 2005.

Debbie Boyd

Mario Garcia met Christie Wilson in a on line casino in 2005. It was the final time the 27-year-old lady 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-about negotiating with him, however modified her thoughts.

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

In August 2020, investigators working for the district lawyer in Placer County, Calif., bought a tip from an unlikely supply that led them again to Garcia’s former dwelling. 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 will now transfer ahead with out the torment of the final 15 years.”

THE BIGGEST GAMBLE

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

Tiffney de Vries says greatest pal Christie Wilson simply had a knack for making her snicker. 

Tiffney DeVries: I image her in our entrance room … simply dancing and laughing and having a lot enjoyable … I could possibly 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 had been there for one another.

However Tiffney was not with Christie in early morning hours of Oct. 5, 2005. That is when a surveillance digicam in a California on line casino captured Christie strolling right into a parking zone with a person she met that evening. 

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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 could possibly be alive.

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

Debbie Boyd: , I attempt not to consider it an excessive amount of as a result of it truly sort 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 performed together with her physique.  

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

“48 Hours” has been overlaying the Christie Wilson case since 2006. 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 Oct. 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 evening?

Tiffney de Vries [2005]: it — it did not — as a result of just lately she um — she had been telling me she’d been, — enjoying some blackjack.

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

Tiffney de Vries [2005]: Typically I believe, “Effectively what if — — 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 truly 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 telephone with Danny Burlando at 10:28 p.m. on October 4, 2005.

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

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

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

Danny filed a lacking particular person’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 had 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 informed “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 had been at that desk for a time frame till that desk bought sizzling. She requested me, “Hey, you need to go along with me to a different desk?” And I stated, “Certain.”

Their evening of playing ended simply previous 1 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Garcia claimed that he and Christie walked to his automotive after which went their separate methods. And he prompt that Christie might have met somebody within the parking zone. 

Erin Moriarty: Effectively, would not that be seen on digicam? 

Mario Garcia: Effectively, they do not see that she bought 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 to be like as if he is the one one inside.  

George Malim [2005]: She hasn’t referred to as any household. Any pals. 

Investigations Commander George Malim helped coordinate a large seek for Christie by means of the rugged and diverse terrain of Placer County.  

George Malim: We utilized search and rescue individuals and their automobiles … they usually drove each street they might … 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 by means of.”

The bodily searches turned up nothing, however then investigators started wanting 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 when you’re a girl and also you’re alone. You do not cross him. 

GARCIA’S PAST

Although Mario Garcia was the final particular person seen with Christie Wilson, to some he appeared an unlikely homicide suspect. He was a undertaking supervisor for an area 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

Jean Garcia

Garcia’s spouse Jean defended him. 

Jean Garcia:  He’s a household man … if he is not working we’ll take the youngsters for sports activities. 

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

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

The household lived in a home on 5 stunning 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 dwelling to query him and ran a felony 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 relationship in 1978.

Wendy Ward

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

Wendy Ward [2005]: I’d say a really supportive particular person. It felt like he cared rather a lot.  

However Wendy says he additionally had a mood, and he reached a boiling level after she ended the connection. He grabbed her one evening 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 believe 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 assume you had 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, “effectively it wasn’t loaded this time,” however mainly, “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 dwelling.  

Wendy Ward [2005]: I am shocked that I truly am alive. I — I am very fortunate. 

Wendy instantly went to the hospital, and police arrested Garcia. However the courtroom 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. Imagine 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: While 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: While you heard that Christie Wilson disappeared and the final particular person to see her alive was Mario Garcia, what was your response? 

Wendy Ward: I felt sick to my abdomen.  

Wendy informed 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 had been buddies, we had been pals. She was a whole lot of enjoyable to be round. She was very outgoing. 

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

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

Retired officer John Cave was the chief accident investigator for the Oakland Police Division. That Christmas evening, he bought 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 appropriate 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 bought out and everyone else, I thought, bought out.  

He informed police Lynette was driving, however they could not affirm who was behind the wheel. 

Erin Moriarty: If in actual fact Mario Garcia was the motive force and he meant to kill Lynette and her mom … it is not a really environment friendly method to eliminate any individual, is it? 

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

Cave needed to query Garcia additional, however he bought a lawyer the following day.  

Erin Moriarty: Why, if it had been only a easy accident, would you not discuss to the police and would you rent a felony 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 discuss to them. 

After the accident, a heartbroken Tom reached out to an previous pal 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 to this point him.  I used to be concerned with him.  I’ve rape costs towards him.”

No costs had been ever filed towards 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 out, Placer County authorities made a tricky determination: to cost Mario Garcia with Christie’s homicide regardless that they hadn’t discovered her physique. Her mom Debbie Boyd nervous there wasn’t sufficient proof.  

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

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 parking zone in his automotive, seemingly alone.

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Garen Horst: He was most likely 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 cellphone within the on line casino and we embrace. … And that, that was the tip of the dialog.  

Investigators did later discover Christie’s telephone 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: Considered one 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 had 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 those that had been within the automotive weren’t discovered? 

Erin Moriarty: By your personal 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 enormously angers me … They could not defend what was there, in order 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 … by means of 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 obtained by means of poison oak and falling from a tree.

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

Robert Royer [2006]: Two toes? 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 fairly good at making these sort of observations ‘trigger that is what I do for a residing. 

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.

Per week after Christie disappeared, Garcia searched on-line for details about how authorities take a look at for date rape medication. However when Garcia takes the stand, he insists he is performed nothing unsuitable.

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

The jury does 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 by means of a lot.  

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

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

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

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 sort 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 change 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 imagined to ask for mercy, for forgiveness, and to point out 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 costs had 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 informed me that we’ve got to discovered [sic] Christie and that is the one hope he has. 

Jean Garcia didn’t know that her family would play a key position 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 heart of this case, and it has gnawed at Deb’s soul. 

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

The lack of her daughter was crushing, however Debbie knew she could not permit 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 youngsters. He is not going to disrupt our jobs. We’re not giving him any extra. 

That was not straightforward as Garcia filed one attraction after one other. 

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Debbie and Pat Boyd

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Debbie Boyd: You possibly can’t transfer ahead fully when you may have all these appeals … , 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 had 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 Lawyer’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 essential to the 2 of you to carry her dwelling? 

Don Murchison As a result of the household wanted her … They wanted a spot the place they might 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 effectively with me.

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

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

Don Murchison: We truly pumped a whole septic tank out … We pumped out all the 2,000 gallons of sewage and went by means of 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 section in 2017 after Tony Lopez, an anchor for the CBS Sacramento, performed an interview with Debbie. She directed some fastidiously chosen phrases to Garcia. 

DEBBIE BOYD [CBS Sacramento interview]: I now view him as a misplaced soul … And that I typically surprise — I would like him to know I typically surprise how he ever grew to become the person that he did. …  If Mario had been to go away with me not having had the chance to take a seat and simply discuss with him, I do know I’d perpetually 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 by means of however didn’t settle for duty for Christie’s homicide. 

Debbie Boyd: I needed Christie again so unhealthy that I assumed, what? Let’s have a look at how far this goes.

Morgan Gire: Deb had struggled with the concept that, , 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 is able to be such a shame … He is not going to use my daughter’s physique as a bargaining chip. 

Morgan Gire: And we actually weren’t going to conform to let him out in change for the placement of her stays. So actually, the one possibility was, discover her.

Nuno and Murch reapproached Garcia’s household. Investigators knew Jean Garcia had divorced Mario after his conviction. She had reached a degree 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 by means of 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 by means of — each day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, after which it bought to Saturday. And that is the place the story bought somewhat bit fascinating. … Kris had an essential soccer recreation. 

Nuno Tavares: He noticed his dad engaged on a tractor … working sort of frantically and had sort of a crazed look in his eyes as he was working across the property … And he informed 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 dwelling 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 dwelling, 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 street. 

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 instrument like every other instrument that we use. Typically they work, typically they do not. 

A 12 months handed and in August 2020, investigators determined they’d take one other look. This time, they introduced with them an organization that specialised in floor penetrating radar or GPR. Practically all the 5 acres had 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 toes, pulling simply a few inches at a time, went about 18-feet large … 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 wanting breath, I am going to let you know that … The blood was dashing … And we stopped every thing. We froze every thing.

It was the second of fact — 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 referred to as in archeologist Cindy Arrington. She instantly informed 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 dwelling, investigators recovered practically a full skeleton. Exams would later affirm it was Christie Wilson’s.

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Human — however was it Christie’s? Extra identification work wanted to be performed however discovering any human bones on Garcia’s property was huge information they usually 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. 
 
They usually 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, “, please do not ever simply name me on the telephone.”

Nuno and Murch flew to Scottsdale, Arizona. It was practically 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 bought 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 bought 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 once we informed her that we had discovered human stays on Mario’s property that we believed had been Christie’s, however we could not affirm that.  

Nuno Tavares: I bear in mind her that evening saying, “is it OK to be completely happy or joyful?” She stored wanting 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 a whole lot of 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 following morning, Nuno and Murch heard that their staff had had discovered practically a whole skeleton and it was particular — the bones had been Christie’s.  
 
Days later, Debbie shared the information with the world and made certain to thank Nuno and Murch. 

DEBBIE BOYD [to reporters]: At present is a day that completely displays among the biggest stage of perseverance and police work {that a} sufferer’s household might ever ask for. 

Pat Boyd: They introduced two individuals dwelling. They introduced my daughter dwelling. They introduced my spouse dwelling. 

Erin Moriarty: Do you’re feeling that you just bought 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 had been hit laborious 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 believe I’ll have been judged, misjudged, misunderstood by means of the method … and that did not actually permit 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 rework the emotions 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 take care of 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 had been damaged, but it surely could not set up a reason for loss of life.  

Erin Moriarty: Do you consider he strangled her?

Don Murchison: I believe that is very probably … 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 pal Tiffney de Vries says she’s reminded of Christie by the little issues she cherished — a tune on the radio, or the best way Christie danced.   

Tiffney de Vries: For me, Christie has by no means been fully gone. I have been carrying her spirit with me each 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 referred to as her completely happy place. 

Debbie says now not having to surprise the place Christie is modifications every thing.  

Debbie Boyd: We will grieve the best way 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 perpetually. 

Mario Garcia died of pneumonia on Dec. 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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