Case File: Denise Abigail Vasseur - 3173DFCA
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Denise Abigail Vasseur
Physical Description** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
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Circumstances of Disappearance
Denise Vasseur was last seen by husband Charles Vasseur when she left their home in the 1500 block of Shadowridge Drive in Oceanside, California, at approximately 5:00 a.m. on September 22, 2000, the day after their fourth wedding anniversary. Denise was employed as an animal keeper at Wild Animal Park in San Diego and had taken her overnight bag and a sleeping bag in preparation for an overnight stay with the parks annual "Roar and Snore" program. Denise did not arrive at work that morning and was never seen again.
Patrick Hamilton a co-worker of Denise's whom she had previously had an affair, confessed to police that he had flagged her down in her Honda minivan that morning and strangled her during an argument after becoming angry that she wanted to end their relationship. He then drove her vehicle back to somewhere near her house and then made a call to her home to establish an alibi, then hid her body in the Anza Borrego Desert east of San Diego. He accompanied Police to the area on two separate occasions but they were unsuccessful in locating her body. Hamilton pled guilty second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in March 2002.
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Last Updated: 6/28/2012 - By: BR/ Web Assist