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DNA confirms identity of woman killed seven years ago in Grandview

 

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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