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4A Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Indian Valley Record In in from page 1A accidentally misplaced." "You can see that it's a good quality hammer," Gamberg added. "Nobody throws away that kind of hammer." The sheriff said the hammer would soon be turned over to the California Department of Justice to be analyzed. "It will be subjected to the scientific process," said Hagwood. Gamberg said he hoped a simple test would give him the answer he's looking for. "You see the rust on that hammer? It's my hope that when that gets chipped away it has a suspect's name under it," he said, and then smiled. "That would be too good to be true." Plumas County residents were stunned April 11, 1981, when the bloody bodies of Keddie residents Glenna "Sue" Sharp, 36, John Sharp, 15, and Dana Wingate, 17, were found in cabin No. 28 at the resort near Quincy. All three were bound and had been stabbed repeatedly with a knife and beaten with a hammer. Sue Sharp' 12-year-old daughter, Tina Sharp, wasn't found until three years later. Her decomposed remains were scattered near Feather Falls in Butte County. No one has ever been charged in connection with the murders. Two men with criminal records who lived in Keddie (cabin No. 26) -- Smartt and John Boubede -- were considered suspects at the time. They were questioned, but never arrested. Both men have since died of natural causes. Recorded phone call On May 30, 1984 -- more than a month after media reported unidentified human remains were found at Feather Falls -- an anonymous caller told Butte County sheriffs dispatch the bones belonged to the missing Tina Sharp. The remains were later confLrmed to be hers. According to Gamberg, no one ever investigated the anonymous call. Gamberg said while reviewing the case file, he learned the 1984 call had been recorded. He spent the next 10 days sifting through piles of evidence, looking for the tape. "I scoured every file, box and storage container -- from Butte County to Plumas County." On March 14, Gamberg found what he was looking for. The tape was in a sealed Butte County evidence envelope, buried at the bottom of a box under a pile of papers. "And it had never, ever been opened or identified," Gamberg said. "Finding it was huge." Gamberg and Hagwood said they are investigating "at least six persons of interest" in the murder case. "And some of the individuals of interest were working and residing in Butte County when the remains were found at Feather Falls," Hagwood said. Hagwood said advancement in voice-recognition technology could determine if the anonymous 1984 caller is one of the persons of interest; or one of scores of people interviewed during the investigation. "Obviously, there are countless recorded interviews from 1981, of dozens and dozens of witnesses," Hagwood said. Internet investigators Hagwood and Gamberg said they have received a "tremendous amount" of help and cooperation from the Internet site run by dmac. "Mike and I both want to thank those individuals (at who have truly become valued allies in vetting so much of the information," Hagwood said. "They did so much legwork. There is no way I could have done it by myself," Gamberg said. "The Internet sleuths have done their job. I can't give them enough props... I really can't." Indian Valley Record Serving Greenville & Indian Valley Postal Service: USPS (No. 775-460.) Periodicals postage paid at Greenville, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co. Inc. Mailing address: p.o. Box 469, Greenville, CA 95947. How to contact us: (530) 284-7800. Emaih; website: Ownership and heritage: The Record was established Nov. 20, 1930. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday, noon; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; news: Friday, noon; classified reader ads: Monday 9 a.m.; Breaking news: Anytime! To subscdbe: Call (530) 284-7800, use the handy coupon below or sehd email to Adjudicatlon: The Indian Valley Record is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 5462 and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Indian Valley Record, P.O. Box 469, Greenville, CA 95947. Cal ] ~eagan 7711-742-4763 175 Lawrence St., Quincy Michael C. Taborski Maggie Wells Mary Newhoues Co-Owner/PublisherStaff Writer Classified/Circ. Manager Ked Taborski Vice Pres./Operations Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Velorie Ch]elllelmTom Fomey Kevin Mallory Adve~sing Production Manager Vice Pres./Admin. Rise Monroe Sandy Condon Bookkeeper Debra Moore Human Resources Director Managing Editor Jenny Lee Photo Editor Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper ,,-- l ---- am 1 ---, am mz 1 l l ~, gI Subscription Order Form Indian Valley Record P.O. Box 469, Greenville, CA 95947 Please enter my subscdption for__ years. Enclosed find my check for$. In County $26 per year Out of State $44 per year [~1 In California $37 per year. I Name Address City, State, Zip. Subscriptions can be transferred, but not refunded. I, m,, ,-- i i ,m -- i -- i ,-, --, ,m JI A rusty hammer, discovered March 24 near the site of the Keddie murders, made in 1981 by suspect Martin Smartt. Smartt told investigators he was McDonald is displayed next to a binder containing statements missing a hammer similar to this one. Photo by Dan "This is a major find. We believe it's a murder weapon." Mike Gamberg Special Investigator Plumas County Sheriff's Office Dmac and The identity of the man (dmac) responsible for creating and managing the website is unknown. Last week, dmac agreed to be interviewed by email. He said he chooses to remain anonymous because he isn't seeking recognition. "As I'm not doing this for fame or money, being publicly identified could only prove a disadvantage," dmac wrote. He said he also remains anonymous for safety reasons. "My work on the case has made me unpopular with many people, as you can imagine," dmac wrote. "One major suspect's brother threatened anybody, including myself, who dare Inention his sibling's name." Dmac said he was working as a news radio producer when the murders happened. "The story stuck with me," he wrote. "And I was shocked to fmd it unsolved when I stumbled across it on the Internet 20+ years later." Dmac said that's when he began actively studying the case. When a Keddie murders Internet forum site he joined "imploded" in 2013, he created his own site,, in 2014. To join dmac's forum, those interested must answer a short questionnaire. Dmac said only about 20 percent of the people answer the questions. He said the questionnaire helps "discourage the wrong kind of traffic." He said his forum has about 250 members, with about 50 providing the majority of the posts. "As for contributors, if you mean those that provide critical details and/or do any research, there's not that many," dmac wrote. "And they often do it behind-the-scenes, without posting or even joining. "But, as is shown by the most recent break (information about the hammer), the slightest bit of info one may consider dubious or of little value may prove to be an enormous break," he wrote. Dmac said traffic to the forum went up as much as 400 percent in the days after the March 16 Feather Publishing story. He said he was encouraged that more people signing up claimed to be from the Keddie (Plumas County) area. He said the number of "locals" spiked from 15 to 38 after the story. Since March 17, has received more than 150,000 hits from more than 47,000 visitors. A matter of trust Dmac, Hagwood and Gamberg all admit their partnership got off to a rocky start. The main issue was a lack of trust by both sides. But that has changed. The latest example was the information about the hammer. Instead of immediately reporting it on his forum, dmac turned over the information to Gamberg. "I've never wanted to cause any harm to an authentic investigation of the crimes," dmac wrote. "This is about correcting an injustice to the victims and community, not some misguided hunt for credit or 'online fame'." 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