Friday, November 16 2012, 09:47 PM CST
Crack in cold case brings closure to a community
By Caitlin Conrad/KTVL.com
MCCLOUD, Calif -- Neighbors in Hannah Zaccaglini's town say Thursdays arrest brings them one step closer to closure.
To those who didn't know her, Hannah Zaccaglini's face is just another snapshot in a cold case story but all it takes to find out more about who she is the flip of a few year book pages.
Those who knew her say Hannah loved music and was interested in drama. Old photos in the 1997 McCloud High School annual show she was also well liked, voted onto homecoming court her sophmore year.
For those who live in McCloud they hope the charges file against Ed Henline Sr. will bring a conviction.
Norma Stones has lived nextdoor to Henline for more than 30 years. She says she grateful for the new evidence that has him behind bars.
Fifiteen-year-old Zaccaglini disappeared on June, 5 1997 a team of detectives reopned the cold case more than a year ago.
Siskiyou County Sheriff John Lopey says this time around they've developed new leads and done a lot more interviewing.
The Sheriff says investigators aren't finished yet. On Friday they were back down in McCloud continuing to gather evidence at the henline home.
Henline and those associated with him were the last people known to see the teen alive.
Neighbors say on that late spring night when Zaccaglini disappeared the Henline's were hosting a party at the house.Stone says parties were a pretty regular thing at the Henline home. But that June night was different a teen had gone missing.
Detectives say while they haven't found the body yet at this time they have a strong case to prove Henline killed Zaccaglini one deputies hope we'll help them close the door on this cold case.
Stone says she hopes for the girl's family that this story is in it's final chapters, she says it's something that's been hanging over McCloud for too long.