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Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by Kimster, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Dr. Guy Vallaro and a team of scientists at the State Forensic Science Lab are hoping to reinvigorate cold case investigations with a new unit that focuses on reexamining DNA, firearms, fingerprints and computer evidence to generate new leads.

    “This has the potential to change the face of cold case investigations in the state,” Vallaro said.

    The Cold Case Unit is headed by forensic science examiner Kristin Sasinouski, who is also an assistant technical leader with the mitochondrial DNA unit. It started work in January examining cold cases that could potentially move forward with a reexamination of DNA and other evidence.

    “A lot of police departments don’t have dedicated cold case units,” Sasinouski said. “A few like Hartford and New Haven do, but other police departments may not have the necessary resources.”

    For the past 18 months, the lab has been heavily involved in the Greater New Britain Serial Murder Task Force investigation into the deaths of seven people, six women and one man, whose remains were found in New Britain behind a Hartford Road plaza.

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    NEW BOSTON - It's been 26 years to the day since Carrie Moss was last seen alive.

    It was July 1989, and Carrie was 14. With a black, one-piece bathing suit on underneath her stonewashed jeans, white T-shirt and white boots, Carrie hopped on her bike to meet friends in Goffstown to go swimming. It was the last time her family saw her alive.

    Nearly two years later, her skeletal remains were found in a clearing just a few miles from her home.

    "Carrie would've been 40," said Annette Brendle, one of Carrie's three older sisters, in an interview at her New Boston home. "She would've been married with kids. Her life was taken from her."

    Her death was ruled a homicide, but remains a cold case. Now the Moss family has re-upped its efforts to find out what happened to their beloved daughter and sister. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150726/NEWS03/150729372#sthash.V2zEImF2.dpuf
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Sandra McGee went missing on the night of December 9, 1982. Last Wednesday, Sept. 2, a landscaping contractor discovered her skeletal remains in Monterey.

    A statement from the Monterey Police Department says her body was uncovered at a residence on the 1100 block of Third Street, just east of El Estero Park.

    According to information collected by the Charley Project, a nonprofit website that profiles missing persons, McGee, then 32, lived in Seaside and was having a few drinks at North Fremont's Brickhouse Bar (which later became Eddie's, and is now shuttered).

    On her way back home, she picked up Alfred Powell, a Monterey resident who was hitchhiking. Once back at her place, her brother and roommate reported that she left to take Powell home.

    She was last seen pumping gas at a Quik Stop on north Fremont Street in Monterey.

    Powell was arrested less than a year later for killing another young woman and is serving a life sentence. He is currently being held at Solano State Prison.

    No charges were ever brought against Powell regarding McGee's disappearance, although her car was discovered near his house.

    As of this writing, Monterey Police have not responded for further comment. MPD is still working the case, and anyone with information is encouraged to call 646-3814, or the confidential tip line at 646-3840.

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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have charged a man with murder in the 1981 disappearance of his wife, and they are crediting a cold-case reality TV show with helping crack open the investigation.

    Merl Mackey, 72, was indicted by a Levy County grand jury in September on a charge of first-degree murder, investigators announced Monday at a news conference at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. Mackey's wife, Evelyn "Laverne" Mackey, was last seen in November 1981.

    The case broke after Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis invited TNT's reality TV show "Cold Justice" to look at the case, Detective George Loydgren said.

    "Because of their tight time schedule, (the show's producers) wanted a case that had a good suspect and maybe was relatively close to being solved," Loydgren said.

    The show flew investigators to interview Merl Mackey in Texas earlier this year. During the interview, Loydgren said, Mackey made admissions to being responsible for his wife's death.

    Detectives would not say what led them to believe that Merl Mackey killed his wife in Levy County.

    Mackey was arrested in New Mexico in September. It's unclear whether he has an attorney to contact for comment on the case.

    The "Cold Justice" episode aired May 1. The show concluded that Merl Mackey exploited Laverne Mackey, that he isolated her, claimed he had terminal cancer and had her add his name to the ownership of her house.

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  7. Kimster

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    Police in Oregon say new forensic technology helped solve the decades-old murders of three women and a 14-year-old girl.

    Suspect Homer Lee Jackson, 55, found the victims on a northeast Portland commercial strip where sex traffickers forced them to walk the streets as prostitutes, cold case detectives told Fox 12 Oregon Friday.

    “We’re most happy for the victims’ families, definitely,” Detective Meredith Hopper told the station. “Just to be able to give them that closure and be able to give them answers after 30-plus years of questions. It’s a good day.”

    Police said the Cold Case Unit linked Jackson to the four murders after they started working with forensic investigators about 18 months ago to identify physical evidence that could be tested with new technology, the station reported.

    “Once we got that forensic link, we started to realize we were actually dealing with somebody that was probably committing several crimes that were very similar,” Detective Jim Lawrence told Fox 12.

    A grand jury indicted Jackson on 12 counts of aggravated murder. He will be arraigned on the charges Monday, the station said. Cops arrested him at his home Thursday.

    He is accused of killing Angela Anderson, 14, Essie Jackson, 23, and Tonja Harry, 19, in 1983 and Latanga Watts, 29, in 1987.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Investigation Discovery resurrects 'Disappeared' to profile unsolved Cold Cases

    Fans of Investigation Discovery’s missing person series, Disappeared, demanded the true crime network bring back the series, and ID listened. Disappeared returns for a seventh season after a three-year hiatus, focusing on unsolved cases of loved ones who have gone missing, to try to stir up some fresh leads and new information to heat up these cold cases.


    Missing persons featured this season: Jessica Heeringa, Tiffany Daniels, Bryce Lapisa, Tammy Kingery, Brian Histand, David Riemens, Rico Harris, Robert Hoagland, Brandy Hanna, Jennifer Kesse,
    Premiers April 11.
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    Kimster Director Staff Member


    Eugene, Oregon

    UGENE, Ore. -- In a perfect world, Phillip Owens would be preparing to celebrate his mother's birthday on June 17, when Shirley Wallace would be turning 74. But Owens' world came crashing down on July 20, 1975.

    On that night around 11:25 p.m., about 30 minutes before closing time, Shirley Wallace and a second woman were working inside the Gentlemen's Retreat Massage Parlor at River Road and Northwest Expressway when a man walked inside.

    "He first bound them, tied them up, and then proceeded to brutally murder Shirley Wallace," said detective Dave Silano with the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

    The second woman was able to free herself and run next door to what was then a tavern called Office 290. Four men ran outside to help, but ran straight into the path of the killer, now armed with a rifle and firing shots.

    "He hits two of them, which resulted in non-life threatening injuries to those two men before he got into his vehicle and traveled south on River Road," Silano said.

    Forty-three years later, the killer remains free. Detectives and Wallace's family are clinging to hope, but are not confident.

    "It's probably not going to get resolved," said Philip Owens, Wallace's son. "Would I like it to? Yes."

    Silano said the best clue is the truck that sped away, headed south on River Road.

    "Witnesses describe that vehicle as an approximately 1957 to 1960 Ford pickup which was red in color with a white stripe down the side, and possibly out of state license plates," Silano said.

    Owens was just eleven years old when his mom was killed, and remembers getting news of his mother's death.

    "My grandmother and grandfather came and picked us up at the house where we were staying, and told us what happened," Owens said.

    He said he had a great life, but has regrets.

    "Growing up, when you get a family, you want your kids to know their grandmother and they don't," Owens said. "But they were blessed to know their great-grandmother."

    Wallace's younger sister Kathie Lymath says getting the news was devastating. She was living in eastern Oregon when her husband told her what happened.

    She said she never thought the killer would not be caught.

    "I'm sad because we never had any closure," Lymath said. "We never had any answers."

    One thing Lymath knows for sure is Wallace missed out on a lot of great things.

    "I'm sorry that she's missed out on watching her boys, and her grandkids, her great grandkids grow up," she said. "I mean, she would have loved that."

    Owens said he's baffled the crime was never solved.

    "It's just crazy to me that after 43 years you can't solve this case because of the information they had at the time," he said. "But it is what it is."

    Owens said he's kind of let it go and knows detectives may be running out of time. Many witnesses have passed away or are aging.

    "We're at that point now where people are in their 70s and 80s, and passing away," Owens said.

    Silano agrees, and would love to get that one clue to bring Wallace's family closure. If it happens, it may not be the perfect world they all hope for, but it would be a better world and reason to celebrate a woman unable to celebrate her 74th birthday on June 17.

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member


    A 55-year-old Seatac man has been arrested in connection with the 1987 double homicide of Oak Bay teens Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenburg.

    William Earl Talbot was arrested Thursday. Police say his DNA matches a DNA sample that was found at the crime scene.

    In April, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released images of what the killer of 18-year-old Van Cuylenborg and 20-year-old Cook might look like now and in the past. The imagesshowed a white man with fair hair and green or hazel eyes, traits that investigators said are connected to the DNA of the person they think killed the couple.


    More amazing forensics work in a cold case! :yess:
  13. Uno2Much

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    Suspect in 1974 cold case rape and murder of 19-year-old woman, 'who was accidentally locked in a church with her killer, commits suicide after cops attempt to arrest him
    • A man suspected of murdering 19-year-old Arlis Perry four decades reportedly killed himself Thursday as police attempted to arrest him at his San Jose home
    • Stephen Blake Crawford, 72, was found dead inside his home around 9am
    • Police had contacted Crawford in recent weeks about the cold case murder of Perry, who was found dead in 1974 inside the Stanford Memorial Church
    • Crawford worked at the Stanford campus as a security guard, investigators said
    • Perry had been stabbed in the head with an ice pick, strangled and sexually assaulted with an altar candle after going to the church to pray and meditate
    PUBLISHED: 22:18 EDT, 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 EDT, 29 June 2018

    Arlis Perry​

    The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office deputies said they arrived at a San Jose apartment around 9am on Thursday to serve a warrant to Stephen Blake Crawford.

    After deputies announced themselves at the front door, they heard a gunshot. When they entered the apartment Crawford was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    Sheriff Laurie Smith confirmed that Crawford was being investigated for the 1974 cold case murder of 19-year-old Arlis Perry.

    "He had been a suspect in the case for many years, but we didn’t have the evidence until now,” she told the Mercury News.

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    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-woman-dead-inside-church-KILLS-HIMSELF.html
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    DNA links Nevada prisoner to multiple 1984 cold case murders, including 3 family members, authorities say
    Aug 10, 2018, 6:12 PM ET

    Authorities have used DNA to link four cold case murders from 1984 in Colorado to a man already serving time for attempted murder and deadly assault charges in Nevada.

    Prosecutors from Arphahoe and Jefferson Counties as well as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director John Camper announced Friday that investigators used DNA matching to connect four brutal murders in the state -- including a home invasion that left three family members dead -- to 57-year-old Alexander Christoper Ewing, who is currently in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections.

    Authorities were able to obtain DNA from Ewing after a change to a Nevada state law that previously prohibited it, Camper said in a news conference.

    On Jan. 10, 1984, a man entered the home of 50-year-old Patricia Louise Smith in Lakewood, Colorado, and sexually assaulted and bludgeoned her to death, The Denver Post reported.

    Six days later, a man armed with a hammer and a knife entered the Aurora home of Bruce and Debra Bennett and bludgeoned the entire family, killing three members, according to The Post.

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Misc. cold cases that occurred during the Christmas season:

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  16. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Melanie Metheny 1985 West Virginia

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  17. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The arrest in the Golden State Killer case last April, made with the help of a new forensic field known as genetic genealogy, gave investigators in Snohomish County, Washington, an idea.

    They were working a cold case as well, a rape and double murder from more than 30 years ago. Investigators had the suspect's DNA from the crime scene, but there were no matches in existing federal DNA databases.
    Could genetic genealogy, the combination of DNA analysis and family tree research, help with the case?
    It could, and it did so quickly.

    On May 17, 2018, just weeks after an arrest was made in the Golden State Killer case, police in Snohomish County arrested William Earl Talbott II, 56, and charged him with two counts of murder for the 1987 killings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

    "We never gave up hope that we would find Jay and Tanya's killer," Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said at the time. "Yesterday's arrest shows how powerful it can be to combine new DNA technology with the relentless determination of detectives."

    Since then, genetic genealogy techniques have been used to identify suspects in dozens of murders, rapes and even a recent assault. recent assault. The field, once made up of hobbyists looking into their family history, has transformed into a forensic method used by law enforcement.

    But none of these cases have reached a criminal trial until now.
    Talbott pleaded not guilty, and jury selection in his trial began on Tuesday. His attorney told CNN that Talbott did not commit the murders and that the DNA evidence did not prove he did.

    "The detectives and the media have developed tunnel vision based on the DNA, overlooking the fact that there is no other connection between Mr. Talbott and the victims," said attorney Rachel Forde in an email.
    has transformed into a forensic method used by law enforcement.
    But none of these cases have reached a criminal trial until now.

    Talbott pleaded not guilty, and jury selection in his trial began on Tuesday. His attorney told CNN that Talbott did not commit the murders and that the DNA evidence did not prove he did.
    "The detectives and the media have developed tunnel vision based on the DNA, overlooking the fact that there is no other connection between Mr. Talbott and the victims," said attorney Rachel Forde in an email.
    Talbott pleaded not guilty, and jury selection in his trial began on Tuesday. His attorney told CNN that Talbott did not commit the murders and that the DNA evidence did not prove he did.
    "The detectives and the media have developed tunnel vision based on the DNA, overlooking the fact that there is no other connection between Mr. Talbott and the victims," said attorney Rachel Forde in an email.

    The bodies of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook were found miles apart in November 1987.
    The killings of Cook, 20, and Van Cuylenborg, 18, were "as random as they were savage," prosecutors explained in a probable cause affidavit.
    On November 18, 1987, the two left Saanich, British Columbia in Canada, driving Cook's family van, according to police. Their plan was to take two ferries and pick up furnace parts for Cook's father in Seattle and then return to Canada the next day.
    But when they did not return as planned, their parents filed missing person reports.
    Less than a week later, Van Cuylenborg's partially naked body was found in a ditch in Skagit County, with a single gunshot to the back of her head, police said. An autopsy found evidence that she had been sexually assaulted, and swabs taken from her private areas contained sperm, court documents show.
    On November 25, police found their van abandoned in a parking lot in nearby Bellingham, and inside was a pair of her pants that had semen stains on them.
    A day later, Cook's body was found underneath a bridge in Snohomish County. Around his neck was a ligature made of plastic twine and two red dog collars, his head had been battered by nearby rocks and a pack of "Camel Lights" cigarettes were stuffed in his mouth, according to court documents.
    The suspect's DNA from Van Cuylenborg's body and from her pants was not from Cook, so he was ruled out as a suspect. Investigators would later put that DNA into CODIS, the FBI's national DNA database, and into an Interpol database, but no matches were made to any person, court documents state.
    The case then went cold despite having the investigative power of three counties and two countries.
    Genetic genealogy leads to an arrest

    It would take 30 more years until investigators got a break in the case.
    In 2017, investigators reached out to Parabon Nanolabs, a DNA technology company, which used the suspect's DNA to provide a physical description of his hair color, skin color, and eye color.
    But the Golden State Killer case opened the door for a new type of analysis known as genetic genealogy.
    In this technique, the unidentified DNA is uploaded into a free, public online database called GEDMatch that has more than 1 million DNA profiles from people across the country. The website then produces a list of people who are related to the unidentified DNA, from immediate parents to fourth and fifth cousins.
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    For years, Marc Karun unnerved neighbors in the small New England town where he lived in a log home that was surrounded by acres of thick woods and couldn’t be seen from the road.

    The Connecticut native had shown up in Stetson, Maine, a rural community of roughly 1,200 people, in 2013. Right away, residents told the Bangor Daily News, he began to exhibit peculiar behavior. He would stand at the top of his driveway and salute passing drivers for no apparent reason, show up at town meetings to make snarky comments, and walk around with a blank stare that left some uneasy. It was well known that he was a lifetime registrant on Maine’s sex-offender registry, with an anonymous vandal painting the word “pedophile” in red paint on the road outside his home one summer.

    So when the white-haired 53-year-old was arrested on Wednesday for the brutal 1986 murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl, residents weren’t exactly shocked to see yellow crime-scene tape blocking off his long driveway.

    “I’m not surprised,” Millard Butler, a town selectman who lived a little over a mile down the road, told the Daily News. “He always acted kind of weird anyway.”

    Detectives in Norwalk, Connecticut, had also been harboring suspicions about Karun – for more than 30 years.

    On the afternoon of Sept. 23, 1986, Kathleen Flynn left school and began walking home on a paved footpath that cut through a wooded area, the same route that she took every day. Several hours later, her mother called to report her missing. The sixth-grader’s body was found in the woods early the next morning, not far from the path she had taken home and the athletic fields where soccer and field hockey teams had been playing when she disappeared. She had been raped and strangled.

    At the time, Karun was living within a few miles of the school. He had previously been convicted of sexual assault and was questioned within weeks of the murder. Though he denied having anything to do with the crime, he also made a bizarre admission. Four days before Kathleen was killed, he claimed, he had gone to her middle school to “see some teachers.” He described visiting the school’s library and talking with a librarian, and walking around on the same footpath that the sixth-grader had taken, according to a police affidavit obtained by WCSH.

    But when police went to the middle school, none of the librarians remembered seeing Karun. The only teachers who recognized his photo were those who knew him as a former student with “serious problems,” according to the affidavit. When questioned about the discrepancy, Karun said that he hadn’t actually been at the school that day.

    About eight months before Kathleen was murdered, Karun was arrested on sexual assault and kidnapping charges that were later downgraded after the victim decided that she didn’t want to testify against him in court. Authorities noticed similarities between the two cases, according to court records obtained by the Daily News. Forensic testing didn’t establish a link, but it also didn’t definitively rule out Karun as a suspect.

    As police chased down countless leads that turned out to be dead ends, the unsolved murder left the community on edge.

    “The kids in school were all terrified, as was everyone in the neighborhood,” Enes Drake, a substitute teacher who lived near the middle school, told the Connecticut Post. “We were all on high alert. The guy was never caught, so we were always looking over their shoulders.”

    Detectives would return to Karun again and again in the decades that followed. Two people who knew him – a friend and the victim from the 1986 sexual assault case – separately told police that they also remembered him talking about visiting Kathleen’s middle school. But in the version that they both heard, he had been there on the day of the murder. Still, aside from those comments, nothing directly linked him to the case.

    Meanwhile, Karun began accumulating a lengthy rap sheet in Connecticut, including multiple convictions for first-degree sexual assault, according to the Hartford Courant. In 1989, he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

    As he cycled in and out of prison, police kept trying to crack the case, hoping that advances in DNA technology would eventually lead them to a suspect. Authorities haven’t said yet how they finally zeroed in on Karun, but plan to release more details at a news conference at a later date. An affidavit obtained by WCSH suggests that DNA sampling helped make the match. Police also noted similarities between Kathleen Flynn’s murder and the details of four past cases where Karun faced kidnapping or sexual assault charges, according to the Daily News.

    The arrest came nearly a year after Kathleen’s father, Jim, died, the Courant reported. In a statement, the family thanked the Norwalk Police Department “for bringing Kathleen’s murderer to justice” and asked for privacy.

    “He made all of us uncomfortable,” Catherine Fisher, who works as the town registrar and handled Karun’s car registration every year, told the Daily News. “He would come in, and it’s almost like he looks right through you. He didn’t know when to leave.”

    Butler, the selectman, recalled that Karun almost always showed up to the town meetings that take place twice a month. At one recent meeting, a woman became uncomfortable because the registered sex offender, who was seated in the front row, kept staring at her through dark sunglasses, he told the Daily News. She asked Butler to stay behind after the meeting ended, and make sure that she got home safely.

    “Most of the time, when you hear about someone doing something like this, you think, ‘I guess I knew that person, I didn’t think he was really capable of doing it,’ ” Butler told WCSH. “But in this case, what I’ve seen of him, I’m not surprised a bit. I think he was completely capable of doing something like that.”
  19. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday.

    Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987 strangulation death of Darlene Krashoc, 20, a soldier stationed at Fort Carson outside Colorado Springs.

    Whyte, 58, was arrested at his home Thursday on suspicion of first-degree murder. Online jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

    Krashoc's body was found behind a Colorado Springs restaurant on March 17, 1987. Investigators said she had gone to a nightclub the previous evening with other soldiers from her unit, a maintenance company.

    She was last seen leaving the club between midnight and 1 a.m., and police found her body during a routine patrol. Investigators said they believe her body had been moved to a spot behind the restaurant, but they did not say where she was killed.

    Authorities said they re-opened the investigation twice before, in 2004 and 2011, and found male DNA on several pieces of evidence.

    The Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory re-analyzed the DNA in 2016, and it was sent to a private company that specializes in using DNA to create images of what someone might look like. The company made two composites, one showing the person at about age 25 and another at about 50 to 55.

    Police said the process, called phenotyping, uses DNA to predict traits such as ancestry, hair and eye color and face shape.

    Authorities made at least one of the pictures public in 2017. But they have not said if that generated a tip that led to Whyte's arrest — only that DNA led them to him.

    The images have not been made public.

    This undated photo provided by the Colorado Springs Police Department shows Michael Whyte, 58, of Thornton, Colo., who was arrested Thursday, June 13, 2019, on suspicion of first-degree murder. Police say DNA evidence led them to identify Whyte as a suspect in the 1987 strangulation death of Darlene Krashoc, 20, a soldier at Fort Carson, Colo. (Colorado Springs Police Department via AP) AP
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    James Vargas, 26, was arrested by Hanford Police Wednesday in connection with a 2016 homicide.

    James Vargas, 26, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of murder in the slaying of Eric Parker, 30. Vargas was also booked on an attempted murder charge against a second victim.

    Parker was found dead by officers late on March 16, 2016, after officers rushed to the 600 block of South Redington Street and found two gunshot victims. Detectives determined the shootings were gang-related, but reached a dead end in attempts to solve the crime.

    In May, detectives reopened the case and reached out to several witnesses, and that led them to Vargas. Police say the shooting was done for the benefit of a criminal street gang and that Vargas is a Norteño gang member with an extensive criminal history

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