Because Shapiro's family had moved to Mexico and wouldn't let their daughter testify, Alcala got off with a guilty plead for a lesser assault charge.He received indeterminate sentencing, which meant he would be released from incarceration when he proved himself rehabilitated (the system was popular in the 1970s when sex offenders were convicted).
New York Police Department detectives investigating her killing went to California in 2003 with a warrant to interview Alcala and get a dental impression from him.
A forensic dentist later found that a bite mark on Crilley's body was consistent with Alcala's impression, a law enforcement official said in December.
Her lunch date's name, authorities later said, was an alias that Alcala used.
Alcala had been a suspect in Crilley's death for several years.
He was placed on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list. The same year, two children at the camp saw the FBI's Wanted poster and told the camp's staff about it.
They reported Alcala to the authorities, leading to him being extradited to California.
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They had released more than 100 photos, found in his storage locker, of young women and girls.'These cases were built one brick at a time, as each new lead brought us closer to where we are today,' District Attorney Cyrus R. said when Alcala was indicted, adding that he hoped the indictment 'brings a small measure of peace to the families and friends who have spent decades searching for answers, and justice.'Hover's disappearance and Crilley's death made headlines and spurred extensive searches in the early 1970s.