LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A former Lawrence man who long believed
his mother died of natural causes has learned she was killed.
Brian Torres made the discovery last week when he stumbled
across a Lawrence Journal-World article detailing his mother's
unsolved 1989 killing. He had been searching for information needed
for a replacement birth certificate at the time.
The Journal-World (http://bit.ly/J85alL) reported that the
Dallas construction worker called the discovery ``a bit of a
shock.'' Torres was 7 years old when his 37-year-old mother's
strangled body was found stuffed into a culvert west of Lawrence.
At a foster care home in Lawrence, relatives told Torres that
his mother died of natural causes. He later was adopted by
relatives in Pennsylvania. No one ever told him his mother was