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Any hope of arrest in 1991 death of woman who disappeared from Granite Bay home?

Q: I’m wondering about the cold case of Cindy Wanner, who was abducted from a home she was cleaning in Granite Bay. She was found up in the foothills surrounded by items with DNA on them. She had been held alive for a while before she was killed. Is there any hope of finding her killer?

Granite Bay Mom, Roseville

A: Cindy Wanner, 35, disappeared from her sister’s Granite Bay home on Nov. 25, 1991.

She left behind her shoes, jacket, car and her 11-month-old daughter, who was found unattended in a high chair at the home. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, less than 45 minutes had elapsed between the time Wanner was last seen by her sister and brother-in-law and when her husband arrived to find her gone.

Nineteen days later, a quail hunter found her body clad only in a brassiere, face down among trees off Foresthill Road east of Auburn. An autopsy revealed that she had survived up to two weeks following her disappearance. Authorities said it did not appear that she had been sexually assaulted, but they could not rule out that possibility.

Dena Erwin, a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives continue to work the case. Detectives report that they have a substantial amount of evidence, but they need witness statements to put that evidence into context.

Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call Detective Chris Joyce at 530-889-7889.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy