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The Orange County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday, May 11, 2017 that an unidentified woman who died after being struck by two vehicles in California in April 1990 has finally been identified as missing Virginia woman Andrea Kuiper. (Photo: Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department)

For nearly 30 years, a Virginia family has waited for word on their missing daughter, who had left home to find information on her biological family in California.

After confirmation from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database, the Kuiper family of Fairfax can at last have closure, thanks to the work of the Orange County Coroner's Division.

“We never forgot her and would regularly pull out her file to see if we could think of anything new to try,” Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly Keyes said. “The investigators at the Coroner’s Office never stopped trying to figure out who she was, just as they do with the more than 90 unidentified decedents that we have.”

On Thursday, May 4, Keyes received confirmation the 26-year-old woman struck and killed by two vehicles on April 1, 1990, as she crossed Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach was Andrea Kuiper of Fairfax, Virginia.

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