Kristen Modaferri: possible DNA match

Eighteen-year-old Kristen Modafferi was a college honor student from North Carolina spending her summer in San Francisco. On Monday, June 23rd, 1997, she arrived for work at the Crocker Galleria mall. She had taken a job at a coffee shop to pay for a photography course at U.C. Berkeley.  At the end of her shift, Kristen left the coffee shop, withdrew money from the bank, and was never seen again.

Twenty years later, there is a potential break in the case. Private investigators searched the property in Oakland where Kristen was living at the time of her disappearance. A K-9 that specializes in finding hidden graves alerted to a drainage pipe downhill from the residence. In another search, a forensic anthropologist examined the site, and found evidence of human blood in the area between Kristen’s house and the house next door at the base of some porch steps.

The DNA they found on that site was a match for Kristen. The evidence has yet to be verified by the police. We will bring you more information as this story develops.

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  1. Waiting

    Someone posted on the other case notes on here an update similar to this but the news crew had tracked down Jon and Jill. Jill was supposedly interviewed but it was supposed to be in the Part 2 which wasn’t posted. Curious what else she could’ve said or if there are further leads 3 years later? How awful to go this long! Prayers to the family


    • Kana

      This is rather late, but they do have Part 2 posted. I just read through it. It doesn’t have much information but does include a statement from a woman who alleges she was hit over the head by Jon Onuma, threatened with death, and told “Now you know what happened to Kristen Modafferi…” It looks like several women have accused him of attacking them. I hope he’s more fully checked out not just for Ms. Modafferi but also for the alleged attacks on these other women.

      Does anyone know what Jon Onuma’s girlfriend looked like or other acquaintances? There were reports that Kristen Modafferi was least seen in the company of a blonde woman. I wonder if they checked to see if Onuma’s girlfriend or any other associates matched her description. Could there have been a woman who lured Kristen away on behalf of Onuma (or whoever the perpetrator was if not him)?


  2. John kilgore

    God is the judge


  3. angie

    Any further updates? Prayers.


  4. Bill blaski

    Very sad….i hope they get a break with her DNA


  5. Zach Hickmon

    I saw Kristen at the store walmart