Police solve 1980 California cold case murder

Authorities in northern California said they finally solved a cold-case murder of a teenager after 37 years.

Police arrested Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, for the murder and rape of Suzanne Bombardier, according to The East Bay Times.

The 14-year-old went missing on June 21, 1980.

Her disappearance drew nationwide attention and led to an extensive search near San Francisco.

Bombardier’s body was discovered five days later in the San Joaquin River.

According to the report, she had been sexually assaulted and stabbed in the heart.

Bacom, a registered sex offender, was identified as the killer through DNA evidence, according to the paper.

Author Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons, along with two police detectives, are credited with helping to re-open the case.


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