On February 27, 2020, the Vallejo Police Department announced that it now has answers in a murder case that went unsolved for 47 years. Who killed Naomi Sanders, 57, inside her Vallejo apartment on February 27, 1973? Their answer came after years of persistent work and from DNA technology.
Cold Case Solved
On April 16, 2019, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced that a suspect in two 41-year-old homicide cases in Atascadero has been identified.
On November 26, 2018, a jury convicted Alvin Larry Davis, 78, of the July 5, 2012 rape and murder of Hazel Dingman, 84.
On October 2, 2018, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office announced that homicide detectives have now identified a suspect in the September 20, 1985 killing of Virginia Vincent, 57, of Danville. On that day, a concerned neighbor found Vincent’s body in her apartment and notified police. It was later determined that she was raped and murdered.
On April 14, 2017, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced today that the 1992 rape and murder of an 84-year-old San Diego woman has now been solved after familial DNA testing conducted by California Department of Justice (DOJ) criminalists.
On the 41st anniversary of the sexual assault and murder of Karen Klaas, a 32-year-old mother and the ex-wife of Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the decades-old case has been solved by criminalists using Familial DNA technology at the California Department of Justice Bureau
On January 26, 2017, two cousins who killed two young girls back in 1973 were sentenced to prison, more than 40 years after their cold-blooded crimes. DNA work by criminalists at several California Department of Justice labs led to the arrests of the two 65-year-old suspects, now convicted of killing Valerie Lane, 12
On September 1, 2016, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced that an arrest had been made in a 28-year-old homicide case that involved the murder of 46-year-old Vernon Hart Kendrick of Montecito.
While it’s not a celebration, it certainly is a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment – having identified a woman whose murdered body was found in Los Angeles in 1969, and for 47 years was only known as Jane Doe 59. Thanks to work over the years by California Department of Justice criminalists, Jane Doe 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson, just 19-years-old when she was killed.
When the daughter of an 84-year-old Stockton murder victim who was raped and killed inside her own home, stood before television news cameras to express how relieved she was that her mother’s suspected killer had finally been identified and arrested four years after the crime, California Department of Justice (DOJ) criminalists in the crime lab in Ripon, quietly rejoiced.