YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Yakima County authorities say DNA testing has confirmed the identity of a woman who was killed about seven years ago in Grandview.
The body of 56-year-old Sharon Lee Mason was found in a backyard burn pit two years ago after a man turned himself in.
Daniel Hugh Sauber said he felt guilty after strangling and burying her.
He was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison without parole under the state's strikes law.
Deputy Prosecutor Therese Murphy says Sauber was not sure who he had killed, though -- he didn't know her last name and it's not clear whether he knew her first name, either.
Efforts to locate a dentist who had treated Mason were unsuccessful, so DNA samples were sent to a laboratory in Texas.
Murphy says the testing was given a low priority because the case had already been settled in court, and the results were received only last week.
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