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Indian Valley Record Wednesday, April 6, 2016 5A Mark Wilson was 13 years old when he went missing in 1967. Photo courtesy Plumas County sheriff CSU Sacramento students, from left, Caitlin Harris and Sinai Yoo assist Steven Wharton possibly linked to the 1967 Mark Wilson missing person case. Photo by Mari Erin Roth in conducting a water test on a well II could hold answer isappearance Mari Erin Roth Staff Writer Two students from California State University, Sacramento, volunteered time to conduct a water test on a well in Meadow Valley last week. The students were looking for traces of mitochondria (DNA) to determine if the well contained remains of a boyl missing since 1967. More than 46 years ago, 13-year-old Mark Wilson left his Meadow Valley home on foot. He told his parents he planned to try to hitch a ride to Quincy to watch a movie. The eighth-grader, who disappeared on Nov. 4, 1967, was never seen again. Steven Wharton, a health inspector from Carmichael, became interested in the case after reading a 2014 Feather Publishing article. The story recapped the unsolved case of the missing boy. Wharton contacted Sheriff Greg Hagwood about the status of testing the well after trained cadaver dogs pinpointed the well location in 2014. Hagwo0d said testing the well would be expensive and had not yet been done. It turned out both Hagwood and Wharton were CSU Sacramento alumni. Wharton contacted the biology department of his alma mater seeking assistance. He was referred to forensics professor, Dr. Ruth Ballard. According to Wharton, Ballard enlisted help from two of her "best" senior students, Caitlin Harris and Sinai Yoo. Both women are majoring in biology with a concentration in forensics. Wharton drove the two students to Quincy from Sacramento to meet Hagwood and get a brief history of the case before proceeding to the well site in Meadow Valley to conduct the test. Wharton said, "It's a long shot, but well worth trying." Having gathered all of the needed testing equipment, Wharton instructed the two students on how to conduct the water test on the well. The owners of the property looked on and commented that over the years they have had many official visitors as a result of the unsolved case, including the FBI. Hagwood said, "It has been our goal to provide the family an answer one way or the other. And with the generous help of the students from Sac. State and Mr. Wharton... we are hoping that we are closer today than we have been in the past." "The test results will be available in a few weeks," Harris said. "They will be sent to Sheriff Hagwood." Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Lic# #0B68653 65 W. Main Street Quincy, CA 05971 Bus: 530-283-0565 Refinancing with us could save you hundreds* Smaller payments start with a lower interest rate. And State Farm Bank might be able to help you get that rate - plus no closing costs or hidden fees, GET TO A BETTER STATE3' CALL ME TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION. i or all :our construction needs I, CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 Give call us a tooay: General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927