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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any leads in 1984 death of teen found near Mather Air Force Base?

Q: Are there any leads in the 1984 unsolved murder of 18-year-old Evie Costen? Body parts were found in December 1984 at Mather Field. I was a probation officer working with Evie Costen at the Juvenile Hall at the time.

Ann, Cool

A: The skeletal remains of a blond-haired person were found Sept. 25, 1984 along Excelsior Road near the south entrance to Mather Air Force Base.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the remains were identified in December 1984 as those of Lucinda Evie Costen. She had last been seen alive in May.

The investigation began when a worker at Takehara Landscape found part of a skull. Sacramento County sheriff’s homicide detectives found other bones nearby in heavy undergrowth. Sheriff’s officials said animals apparently had scattered the remains. Officials said at the time that they did not know the cause of death or whether Costen had died at the Excelsior Road location.

Although homicide detectives investigated the death, The Bee reported in 2010 that it could not determine whether the case was ever officially classified as a homicide.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.