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Update: Missing Chico Woman's Family Gets Answers 17 Years After Her Disappearance

By Kelli Saam
Published On: May 23 2013 11:28:24 AM CDT
Photo of Vick Pyrskalla
CHICO, Calif. -

The cold case disappearance of a Chico woman has been solved after 17 years.

The body of a woman found in the Sacramento River in Yolo County back in 1996 has now been identified as that of a Chico woman.    

The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced this week that a DNA match from her parents led to the identification of Vicki Pyrskalla.

She was 42 when she was reported missing from a ranch on Taffee Avenue in Chico in January 1996.

Investigators considered her disappearance suspicious because they found a pool of blood there.

After waiting 17 years, Pyrskalla's mother Edie Prieheim learned Friday that her DNA had come back as a match to the body found in 1996.

When she disappeared, Pyrskalla left behind two daughters, ages 17 and 20.

The family held a graveside service Monday at the Woodland City Cemetery where she was buried as a Jane Doe in 1996.

Her family will hold a celebration of her life Saturday at Bidwell Park