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Woman found alive after disappearing from Lodi 16 years ago and leaving behind three children

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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 10:00 pm

Nearly 16 years ago, Patricia Whaley left her Angels Camp home and headed to a doctor's appointment in Lodi. Her car and purse were found several days later in a parking lot, but the 35-year-old woman was never seen again.

The 1990 police file on her case, including handwritten reports and fading photos, were ultimately stored in the depths of the Lodi Police Department. Twice the investigation was reopened and closed when departments in other states thought Whaley matched an unidentified homicide victim.

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