Christine Thornton

Murdered Woman Linked to Serial Killer

Crime Types: Murdered, Unsolved, Serial Killer Victim,

Tag: Murdered

Christine Thornton’s remains were discovered by a local rancher off Interstate 80 near Granger, WY on April 6, 1982. Thornton, 28, was from San Antonio, Texas, and had gone missing in June 1977 after breaking up with her boyfriend while they were on their way to Montana to pan for gold. Thornton was six months pregnant at the time. However, it took until 2015 for Thornton’s remains to be identified. This only happened after investigators found photographs of Thornton taken by convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala in the area near where her body was found. Thornton’s sister saw one of the pictures and recognized her, which along with DNA tests, led to the identification of her remains.

In 2010, Alcala was convicted of murdering five people in Southern California in the 1970s. He later pleaded guilty to killing two women in New York City. Known as the “Dating Game Killer” because of his appearance on that game show in 1978, Alcala was sentenced to death for the five murders in California and was on death row when Thornton’s remains were identified. In 2016, he was charged with murdering her but was reportedly too sick to travel to Wyoming for a trial. Alcala died of natural causes in 2021, which left Thornton’s case unresolved.

LOCATION VERIFIED as 8 miles north of Granger off Hwy 30: 41.684421, -110.064044 from 1982 news article. DATE OF CRIME: I changed to the date her body was found since we know an exact date as opposed to sometime in April or August 1977 when she went missing. ~tracy ——————— Rodney Alcala was charged with her murder but those chargers were dropped because he died. Should we leave the perp field empty? YUP! I could only find a month and year she went missing but not an exact day Her cause of death was never determined but they do know she was murdered: I found the address here: Granger Wyoming 82934 41.60455245256885, -109.95871641028893