Russell Jordan was a 16-year old student at Los Gatos High School when he disappeared in 1982. His suspected bones were found along side the Los Gatos Creek Trail in 1995. However, police were unable to make a positive identification until 2003 through the use of new DNA techniques. An old high school acquaintance of Jordan, living in nearby Santa Cruz, CA saw the news story about the positive identification of Jordan. The story prompted him to remember a classmate's bizarre confession to the murder. The acquaintance contacted Los Gatos police who traced the killer, Sean Viehway to Klamath Falls, Oregon. Viehway confessed soon after the police started questioning him.
Sean Clark Viehweg told the Mercury News the killing had invaded his dreams for 21 years: He said he was a scared kid who ``ran like hell'' after bashing Russell Jordan to death with a rock in self-defense on a creek-side trail.NBC recently did a show about this case which was solved last year. The report concluded by saying that the authorities some how lost the bones of Russell Jordan that they had be holding for over 20 years. So in the end Russell Jordan is still missing.
``It's haunted me my whole life,'' Viehweg, 38, said, breaking down behind a jail partition. ``It's cost me everything.''
Killer in '82 case describes slaying, ensuing panic [Mercury News]
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