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* Pinole Police Announce Curtis Dean Anderson Killed Xiana Fairchild

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Pinole police announced today that the late convicted killer Curtis Dean Anderson, who died in 2007 while serving time for crimes including the murder of Xiana Fairchild, was also responsible for the death of a Pinole girl who went missing more than two decades ago. At a morning news conference, police said they believe Anderson was responsible for the death of Amber Swartz-Garcia, who disappeared at age 7 on June 3, 1988. Xiana was also 7 when she disappeared while walking to school in
Vallejo in December 1999. Her partial remains were found in the Santa Cruz Mountains in January 2001.  Anderson later pleaded guilty to molesting and murdering Xiana. At the time of his death, he was also serving time for the 2000 kidnapping and
sexual assault of an 8-year-old Vallejo girl. Police said Anderson admitted to Amber’s murder during a November 2007 prison interview prior to his death. In his admission, Anderson said he was driving to Arizona and decided to “take someone with him for company,” Pinole Police Chief Paul Clancy said. In a case of tragic timing, Amber was in front of her house jumping rope at the moment that Anderson drove through her neighborhood, police said. Anderson said he drove her to Arizona and left her body in an open space, police said. Amber’s body has not been found.

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