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FGCU anthropologists search for body in Palm Beach County cold case

Posted at 10:31 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 22:31:28-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Eight-year-old Christy Luna mysteriously disappeared from her Greenacres neighborhood just outside of West Palm Beach in 1984. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday they’ve discovered new clues that could lead to finding Luna’s body.

During a press conference, Luna’s mom said she remains hopeful, even after 35 years.

“I think we’re going to bring Christy home. We are going to bring Christy home. Just putting that positive out there, because God’s with us,” she said Monday.

Palm Beach County detectives recently reached out to anthropologists at Florida Gulf Coast University to dig around in the neighborhood where Luna went missing.

Heather Walsh-Haney teaches anthropology at FGCU and leads her team of grad students in the search. She said she’s confident they’ll find Luna’s body.

“I participate with the agencies where there’s a high likelihood that we’ll find someone,” she said. “I come here with the understanding that we should be able to find Christy.”

She said they’re working day in and day out.

“We work as long as the sun is out,” she said. “And then, we’ll not leave until our job is done.”

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said the latest clue brings them close to connecting the dots of the Christy Luna case, and hopefully bringing her family some closure.

Anyone who has information about what happened to Luna can call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 1-800-458-tips.