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QUESTION: What happened to the young man who killed the mother and dumped the body into the river? Didn't the body resurface? Alive?
Submitted by: Will Never Forget, Sacramento
ANSWER: In a case that a Sacrmento Superior Court judge described as "stranger than fiction", a brother and sister were sentenced in January 2003 to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of a woman who some people claimed was still alive.
Kevin Clark and his sister Helen Tibon were convicted by a jury of the murder of Kristy Ann Green, 20, who disappeared in March 2000.
According to stories in The Bee, police didn't know Green was missing until a caller told a story about her being dumped inthe Sacramento River inside a metal drum. Divers searched the river but found no signs of the body. Investigators, however, began interviewing friends and family of the missing woman, the mother of a 3-year-old girl.
According to trial testimony, Green was tortured before she was suffocted in plastic bubble wrap. Witnesses said Green's body was dismembered, burned and dumped into the Sacramento River.
The prosecution claimed that Green was killed because Tibon and Clark feared she would tell police of their involvement in a lucrative mail fraud scheme. Three accomplices testified that they helped dispose of Green's body parts.
Clark denied killing Green, testifying that it was a hoax to blackmail the group so that he and his sister could better control them.
Clark, now 34, is at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.
Tibon, 45, is at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowcilla.
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