Missing Woman's Remains Discovered
On June 21, 2005, 43-year-old Roy Smith was arrested in the Mary Morino-Starkey's disappearance.
For two years, cops and family members kept hope alive that the missing woman's body would soon be found.
Two years later, Smith pleaded guilty to Starkey's murder in exchange for a life sentence without parole and also led authorities to the area where he dumped her body.
Cops say Smith couldn't find the remains, but a fire crew investigating a blaze in the same area did uncover Morino-Starkey the day before.
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Last updated January 14, 2008
Missing Woman's Remains Discovered By Firefighters
On July 16, 2007, Roy Smith pleaded guilty to the 2005 murder of 46-year-old Mary Morino-Starkey, who disappeared two years earlier.
Authorities say that Smith, who was facing the death penalty for the crime, pleaded in exchange for life in prison without parole.
Cops say one week before Smith entered the plea, he agreed to take authorities to where he dumped Morino-Starkey's remains.
However, a group of firefighters dispatched to the remote area in Amador County ultimately made the discovery.