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Lake County authorities investigating convicted killer's claims of murder

  • FILE - In this Thursday, May 13, 2004 file photo, Curtis Dean Anderson is surrounded by sheriff deputies as he listens to a judge during his arraignment in a San Jose, Calif., courtroom. Anderson, convicted of kidnapping and murdering the 7-year-old girl, also claimed to have killed several young women in California, so the FBI is now asking for help in identifying those alleged victims. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

Lake County law enforcement detectives pulled out old case files this week, looking for any reports that could be connected to a convicted murderer's claims he killed a hitchhiker he'd picked up near Clearlake in 1984.

"Right now we don't have anything," said Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Brooks on Wednesday. "We don't have any missing persons reports from a female in 1984."

Clearlake Police Chief Craig Clausen Wednesday said his officers also didn't find any matching cases.

Curtis Dean Anderson, a former Vallejo resident, died in prison in December 2007 at the age of 46. It was eight years after he was convicted of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild of Vallejo.

In a prison interview just before he died, Anderson told FBI agents he'd killed several females, from children to adults, between 1984 and his arrest in 1999.

He named Amber Swartz-Garcia, 7, of Pinole as his fifth victim, but didn't name any others. That little girl disappeared in 1988 and hasn't been found.

Anderson claimed his first victim was a young runaway he killed in late 1984. He said he disposed of her near Marysville.

Days later, he alleged, he murdered his second victim — a hitchhiker in her late teens.

He said he found this victim standing on a road in northeast Clearlake, looking for a ride.

Anderson told agents he dumped her body near Ballard's Bar Dam near the Yuba County community of Dobbins. He claimed to have also left another victim's body in the same area.


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