Tanya Marie Petro (1977 - 2011)

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Tanya Marie (Petro) Petro
1977 - 2011
August 4, 1977
Los Angeles County, California United States
c. January 9, 2011
VansPipe Canyon Wash in Landers, San Bernardino County, California United States 92285
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Tanya Marie Petro was born on August 4, 1977 in California United States. Her maiden name is Petro and she married into the Petro family. She is the child of Chris Adam Petro and Lora Lee (Young) Jacques, with siblings Tracy and Greg. She was the parent of Felicity Nicole Anastasia Debski, and Alexander James Otis Debski with an unlisted spouse. She, mother to 2 children, died c. January 9, 2011 at VansPipe Canyon Wash, Landers, California United States at age 33. We know that Tanya Marie Petro had been residing in Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, California 92530.
Updated: August 19, 2021
Tanya Marie Petro was born to Lora (Young) Jacques and had a sister named Tracy who was 9 years older than her, and a brother Greg eight years older. The siblings were very close and Tracy and Greg took care of their baby sister while growing up. In her 30s, Tanya had two children, a family dog, a steady job and lived in an apartment complex around Lake Elsinore California. Tanya had recently broken up with her boyfriend Ronald Wayne "Paulett" Paoletto when discovering his drug addiction, and disappeared while recovering from wrist surgery to repair a workplace injury. Her sister Tracy knew something was wrong when on January 6th 2011 during a girl's day out with her friend she called Tanya and didn't get a call back. Tracy called their mother Lora and found out that she was having difficulties reaching her as well. In fact, when Lora called Tanya's apartment she found it odd that her ex boyfriend Ron answered the phone. After learning about this, Tracy immediately contacted law enforcement to file a missing person's report. Soon after, relatives who were watching Tanya's children called Tracy to find out why Tanya hadn't come to pick them up. By January 9th a search of Tanya's car and apartment had been performed by police. They found it strange that her car was found in the apartment lot complex, and her purse and dog were in the apartment. Tracy, feeling scared and not appreciating the urgency of the police, began investigating her sister's disappearance on her own. She broke into Tanya's car and found an address book with contact details for someone she didn't recognize. When Tracy's friends contacted the number a meth-addicted individual answered and said that Tanya had been there previously. The police were provided this information but did not follow up. Tracy and a group of friends drove to this address where they discovered Tanya had been there along with Ron and one of his friends. One of the people at this address led the caravan to a one-room shack in an isolated area in the Mojave desert where it looked as though blood was on the floor. The man who led the caravan to the shack left without word and headed back to the address where they had all met. By this time Tracy and her friends had called the police who arrived and investigated the scene. It turned out that the people at this home had rather colored pasts, including Ronald who had a criminal history as a child sex offender. At this time police began digging deeper and treating this case as a homicide. On Tuesday January 11th 2011 law enforcement found the body of Tanya Marie Petro in a shallow grave. The police did not immediately contact Tracy or any of Tanya's relatives, so the family discovered her death via the local evening news.
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Tanya Marie Petro
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Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, California 92530
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Tanya Petro was born on in Los Angeles County, California United States
Tanya Petro died at VansPipe Canyon Wash in Landers, San Bernardino County, California United States 92285
Murdered by Ron Paoletto
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Tanya Marie Petro, 33, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2011. She was a resident of Lake Elsinore, California. Tanya was born on August 4, 1977 in Los Angeles County. She is survived by her 2 children, Felicity and Alex; Mother, Lora Jacques; Sister, Tracy J. Romo; Brother, Greg Jacques; and those who loved her. According to Riverside County Sheriff's Department Tanya was last seen Jan. 4 leaving her apartment complex with her boyfriend. Tanya’s body was found on January 9, beaten and murdered with a shovel and buried in a shallow grave, in a remote area of San Bernardino County known as Pipes Canyon Wash in Landers. A memorial was held by friends and family on the evening of Jan. 14 at the Mountain Ridge apartment building in Lake Elsinore where Tanya lived with her children.

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In 1977, in the year that Tanya Marie Petro was born, on January 20th, Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States. Running against incumbent Gerald Ford, he won 50.1% of the popular vote to Ford's 48.0%. He was elected to only one term.

In 1985, at the age of just 8 years old, Tanya was alive when in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

In 1987, by the time she was merely 10 years old, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1991, she was just 14 years old when on January 16th, Allied forces began the first phase of Operation Desert Storm. Saddam Hussein's forces had previously invaded the sovereign state of Kuwait and the focus of the operation was to remove his Iraqi troops from Kuwait. On February 24th, the ground war began. Within 100 hours, American ground troops declared Kuwait liberated.

In 1993, she was 16 years old when on January 20th, William J. Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. He beat incumbent George H.W. Bush who was seeking his second term. Clinton won 43.01% of the popular vote to Bush's 37.45%. An independent candidate, Ross Perot, won 18.91% - the most votes for an independent candidate since Teddy Roosevelt's run for President in 1912.

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