Police: No Apparent Connection between Northern CA Murder and Lc Valley

By Greg Meyer
April 24, 2009

[with video] LEWISTON - Reports of a connection between the grandfather of the woman charged with the grisly murder of a little girl in northern California and the LC Valley appear to have little substance to them.

Bay Area television stations were making calls to law enforcement and others on both sides of the LC Valley Thursday night and Friday, looking to confirm reports that Clifford Lane Lawless, the grandfather of 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, had been a pastor at a local church and may have been the subject of a child abuse investigation.

But after checking Friday, there was no link to the Valley discovered.

Pastor Bill Creutzberg of the Warner Alliance Church did confirm that he had been interviewed by the FBI concerning the case on Good Friday, but said he told them the same thing he told Action News, that he knows nothing about Lawless.

The Asotin County Sheriff's Office and Clarkston Police also have no information about Lawless and Captain Tom Greene with Lewiston Police said the FBI had contacted LPD about Lawless, but that Lewiston Police have no records with Lawless' name on them

Huckaby is charged with murder and rape for the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy, California.

The FBI told Action News Friday that they can't comment on the investigation.


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