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Police led to remains of Va. woman

More than 15 years ago, Lisa Gaudenzi, a 31-year-old mother of two, disappeared from Caroline County, Va. Her husband eventually admitted in court that he killed her, but questions remained. At the time of his 2009 plea, authorities hadn't found her body.

Virginia State Police Special Agent J.R. "Doc" Lyons kept looking.

Lisa Gaudenzi. (Va. State Police)

Last week, officials said, Lawrence Gaudenzi led investigators to a remote Spotsylvania County field. A porcelain dental bridge was all that was left of Lisa Gaudenzi. Her husband had wrapped her body in a sleeping bag and put it in a metal drum he filled with brick-washing acid.

"I kept after Lawrence about where he left Lisa because her parents and children deserved to have that closure," Lyons said at a press conference in Richmond, according to a police accounting of the event. "I had to be persistent for the family."

On Saturday, police delivered Lisa's remains to her parents. And Lawrence Gaudenzi is back at the Augusta Correctional Center where he is serving a 25-year sentence for second-degree murder.

But the mystery isn't over.

Back in January 1995, Lawrence Gaudenzi told authorities he dropped off his wife at a bus station and never saw her again. His story soon began to unravel, but police didn't have enough evidence to charge him. Years later he disappeared with the couple's infant daughter.

In 2002, a Richmond television featured Lisa's disappeance as a "cold case," and a tip from a viewer led police to Harrisonburg. Lawrence Gaudenzi had changed his daughter's name and he called himself Randy Evans, a Richmond homeless man who has not been seen since 1998.

Police eventually were able to build a case against Lawrence Gaudenzi and he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2009.

The search for Randy Evans continues. Police said it has been treated as a homicide investigation.

-- Maria Glod


By Maria Glod  |  June 14, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
Categories:  Cold Cases , Maria Glod , Virginia  
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