74 year old Dorothy Wiederrich was bound and stabbed to death in her Lodi home on February 12, 2016. Later that year Alan Gregor was also stabbed to death in his home located less than a mile from the Wiederrich residence. Kenneth Vanderford, 52 and Kevin Etherton, 26, both from Stockton, were initially arrested for the Gregor murder after a police photo of a pickup truck, believed to be the murderers escape vehicle, was identified.
My investigation into the crimes found that one of Dorothy Wiederrich’s relatives identified the truck as one that Wiederrich purchased for the boyfriend/husband of her housekeeper. That person was Kenneth Vanderford. Vanderford and Etherton were arrested for the Gregor killing about a year ago and will be arraigned in the Wiederrich case February 13 on the two year anniversary of her death.
I investigated both murders, interviewing relatives and neighbors, in the hope that these apparently random stabbing murders in which the killers got into and out of the victims’ home without being seen or heard, might lead me to the real killer of Leila Fowler.
At this point it seems unlikely that either Vanderford or Etherton was involved in the Fowler case. I say that because I hope that Vanderford and Etherton’s DNA was run through the CODIS data base and did not match the unidentified male DNA found on Leila Fowler’s body.
The following link is for an article on the arrests in the Wiederrich case that appeared in the Lodi Sentinel.