Voice From Suspect’s RV May Have Been Girl’s

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A tow-truck driver testified Thursday that he thought he heard a voice other than David Westerfield’s when he was helping pull Westerfield’s recreational vehicle out of the sand the day that Danielle van Dam disappeared.

Prosecutors allege that Westerfield kidnapped the 7-year-old from her bed on the night of Feb. 1 and then went on a circuitous trip the next morning to the Imperial Valley desert before dumping her body in a rural area.

For the record:
12:00 AM, Jun. 15, 2002 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday June 15, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 7 inches; 274 words Type of Material: Correction
Westerfield trial--The headline on an article in Friday’s California section about the trial of David Westerfield in Danielle van Dam’s killing went beyond what was said during testimony. The headline, “Voice From Suspect’s RV May Have Been Girl’s,” should have stated simply that testimony suggested that another voice might have been heard coming from Westerfield’s vehicle.

They have not said whether they believe he killed the girl before the trip or during it.

“I thought I heard somebody say something,” testified Daniel Conklin, who added that when he asked Westerfield if he had said something, he said no.