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Out of all the states in the U.S., Colorado is the fifth-largest producer of natural gas. So, for the crew digging a pipeline in Weld County, the job seems like nothing out of the ordinary. But as they continue to move earth at the rural location, they spot something alarming underneath. And it’s not a leak. At first glance, in fact, it appears to be human remains.

What’s more, that fateful discovery would ultimately prove significant for the relatives of missing Jonelle Matthews. Jonelle had entered the world on February 9, 1972, when Terri Vierra-Martinez delivered her daughter at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Terri had been just 13 years old at the time, and after just a month of caring for the baby she apparently realized that she couldn’t carry on. Perhaps inevitably, then, Terri put her child up for adoption in March of the same year.

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