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Still no word on DNA from murder victim

YAKIMA - Yakima County Coroner Maury Rice said yesterday (Tuesday) that he is still awaiting results of DNA testing done on femurs of a woman found buried in a back yard in Grandview in August 2005.

Daniel Sauber, 63, admitted killing and burying a woman he said he knew only as "Sharon". He received life in prison without parole, but the identity of the woman, found in Sauber's Grandview yard at 471 Hickory Road, has never been officially confirmed.

An "educated guess" has tentatively identified the murder victim as Sharon Lee Mason, a woman who had been reported missing a year before the body was discovered, but who hadn't been seen by her family since 2000.

Rice said the remains were sent to a lab in Texas, and he is still waiting for the DNA results. "It's not high on their priority list, but the prosecutor keeps checking," said Rice.

Grandview Police first handled the case, then turned it over to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. Sauber was sentenced Oct. 12, 2005 to life imprisonment without parole.

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