As baffling as it would might sound, the earthly remains of a woman who was murdered 22-years-ago were recently discovered buried in the grave of a World War Two veteran. Following the testimony of John Sandoval, the authorities requested Richard Hert’s permission to exhume his father’s remains, as his tomb might hold the key to an ongoing criminal investigation.
Richard Hert of Wyoming was shocked after the authorities told him that they need to open up his father’s grave. When he asked about the nature of this request, the authorities replied that following a court confession, it would appear that the body of a woman killed 22 years ago might have been hidden beneath his father’s grave.
Hert was contacted on Friday morning, following Sandoval’s court testimony. For those of you who are not familiar with the name involved in this case, on the 19th of October 1995, Tina Tournai Sandoval, the estranged wife of John Sandoval, disappeared without leaving a single trace behind.
Although the authorities followed every lead and left no stone unturned, they could now explain what befell on Tina Tournai Sandoval. However, right from the very beginning of the case, John Sandoval, the woman’s estranged husband, became a person of interest.
But, the police’s suspicion was not enough to charge Sandoval with his ex-wife’s murder. Mrs. Sandoval’s case file will remain open for the next 22 years ago. However, recently, during Sandoval’s trial, the man pleaded guilty to killing his wife and, in exchange for less time spent in prison, he agreed to disclose the location of his wife’s earthly remains.
According to Sandoval’s testimony, it appears that on the 16th of October 1995, the day he murdered Tina, the man dragged the body to the World War 2 Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. There he found and open grave site and threw Tina’s body inside. John Sandoval’s previous experience (the man worked at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery until 1993) gave him the knowledge he needed to hide any trace of his deed.
However, following his confession, John Sandoval was found guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced, on Friday, to 25 years in prison. The authorities learned that the man hid the body under Arthur Hert’s Tomb, a World War 2 veteran who passed away on the 16thof October 1995.
Hert’s son agreed to allow the authorities to open his father’s tomb in an attempt to give some measure of comfort to Sandoval’s family.
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