Authorities in Arizona have identified the partially decomposed body of a Mesa woman who went missing nearly four years ago. The victim is believed to be one of more than 500 victims in a series of unsolved highway serial killings.
Patricia Peterson was 24 years old when she disappeared in November 2006. She was last seen hitchhiking at a truck stop in Tulsa, Okla. What happened to her after that remained a mystery.
In 2009, skeletal remains were found along I-40 near Lupton, Ariz. Investigators found no identification on the victim and she was listed as a “Jane Doe.” The county medical examiner determined the woman had been beaten to death, KPHO News reported.