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Missing Woman's Remains Identified After 17 Years

By Kelli Saam
Published On: May 22 2013 09:52:56 AM CDT
Updated On: May 22 2013 10:01:20 AM CDT
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OROVILLE, Calif. -

A 17-year-old missing person case in Butte County has been solved.

On January 4, 1996, 42-year-old Victorene "Vicki" Lee Pyrskalla was reported missing to the Butte County Sheriff's Office from the west Chico area off of Taffee Lane. 

Butte County Sheriff's Office detectives who were involved in the case believed that her disappearance was suspicious based on evidence located at her residence. All known leads were followed up on but failed to provide any information as to Vicki's whereabouts.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office had submitted DNA from Vicki's parents to the California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services to be entered into the Missing Person database with the hope of matching DNA in the future to unidentified human remains.

On May 17, 2013 the Butte County Sheriff's Office was notified that human remains found in Yolo County on May 25, 1996 were matched to the DNA samples sent in from Vicki Pyrskalla's parents.

Vicki Pyrskalla's body was recovered in the Sacramento River on May 25, 1996 after being spotted by jet skiers near Crawdad's Restaurant in Sacramento, CA.  The manner of death was undetermined at the time, and the cause of death was listed as probable drowning.  

The investigation into circumstances leading to the death of Vicki Pyrskalla is continuing.  Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Pat McNelis at 530-538-7671.