Exposed By The Dry Cleaner

After weeks of crushing uncertainty, the Danielle van Dam case lurched forward last week with the discovery of her corpse, following the arrest of a neighbor, David Westerfield, 50. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and possession of child pornography; the authorities say they have no other suspects. The investigation leading to his arrest involved the usual combination of legwork and luck. A police source told TIME that the San Diego cops had to learn a couple of major details--including the fact that volunteers had found Danielle's body 25 miles east of downtown San Diego--from the media.


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