- The Washington Times - Monday, August 26, 2002

OREGON CITY (AP) Authorities said yesterday that they had positively identified the remains of Miranda Gaddis, one of two missing 13-year-old girls.
Meanwhile, FBI agents searching the property of the girls' neighbor said they had found a second set of human remains.
Miranda's remains were found Saturday in a shed behind the home of Ward Weaver, who had described himself to reporters as the prime suspect in the case.
The second set of remains was found yesterday in a barrel beneath a cement slab that Mr. Weaver had poured behind the home after the disappearance of Miranda and Ashley Pond in the winter, said Oregon City Police Chief Gordon Huiras.
"Obviously, this is a very sad conclusion to this investigation," said Charles Mathews, the FBI's special agent in charge in Oregon. No charges have been filed in the case, he said.
Mr. Weaver has been jailed since Aug. 13, when he was arrested on unrelated charges of raping his 19-year-old son's girlfriend.
Ashley was a friend of Mr. Weaver's daughter and frequently stayed overnight at the Weaver house. She had even lived at the home for several months last year while her father was in jail on charges of abusing her.
Her family last saw her Jan. 9, eating breakfast with her younger sister before school. Two months later, Ashley's friend Miranda also disappeared from the same low-income neighborhood in the woods south of Portland.
Two decades ago, investigators found human remains in the backyard of Mr. Weaver's father, Ward Francis Weaver Jr., which later proved to be those of a raped and murdered woman.
The elder Weaver, a truck driver, was convicted of killing a man whose car had broken down and for kidnapping, raping and murdering the man's girlfriend, 23-year-old Barbara Levoy. Her body was found in 1982, buried beneath a deck at his home in Oroville, Calif.
The prosecutor in that case, Ron Shumaker, said the elder Weaver's truck route also matched up the routes involved in 26 unsolved hitchhiker homicides, but he was never charged with any of the other crimes.

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