The cold case of Nancy Klinger, who was murdered in 1986 and was found in a Highland field two years later, will be featured on the June 4 episode of Investigation Discovery's "True Conviction."
The episode will depict the decades-long investigation that led to the confession and conviction of Larry T. Hite in 2015 as well as Hite's own murder while imprisoned.
According to a San Bernardino County District Attorney's office press release, in 1986, Nancy Klinger dropped her children off with a babysitter, and never returned.
It was later determined that Klinger met with Larry T. Hite, who had presented himself to her as an investigator with the Sheriff's Department. She believed she would be posing as his wife as part of an investigation.
Nearly two years later, skeletal remains were found in a dirt field in Highland. Dental records confirmed the remains belonged to Klinger, the report states.
Hite was initially the lead suspect, but investigators were unable to link him to the death. Hite relocated to Arizona, where he was convicted of sexually assaulting two women. Upon his return to California, the investigation was reopened, and he ultimately confessed to murdering Nancy Klinger. Hite was prosecuted by San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum.
In 2015, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to prison for 25 years to life.
While serving his prison sentence, Hite was killed by his cellmate Travis Smoot. Hite was found hogtied, impaled, with both ears punctured. The cause of death was strangulation. Smoot told officers that he tortured and killed Hite because Hite would not stop talking about a rape that he had committed but was never convicted of.
This case will be featured on Investigation Discovery's True Conviction at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
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