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Found remains offer sad relief

Sun., Dec. 26, 2010, midnight

SEATTLE – The sister of Becky Marrero, believed to be a victim of the Green River Killer nearly three decades ago, says the discovery of her remains brings sad relief.

Teenagers found the remains Tuesday afternoon in a ravine in Auburn, 25 miles south of Seattle. Dental records determined it was Marrero’s.

A picture of Becky has been near Mary Marrero’s bed for years. Every day, Marrero said, she looked at the picture and talked to her sister.

“I’d say, ‘They’re gonna find you, honey,’ ” Mary Marrero said Thursday to “ ‘Hang in there. It’s just a matter of time.’ ”

Gary Ridgway confessed to 48 murders in the Green River case and is suspected in dozens of others.

He was arrested in 2001. He pleaded guilty two years later, agreeing to help authorities locate as many remains as possible in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, and is now serving life without parole.

Becky Marrero lived with her family in White Center, south of Seattle. The young mother was 20 when she was last seen Dec. 3, 1982, leaving a motel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Her daughter is now 30 and has three children of her own.

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