November 21, 2014
FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) - Investigators have solved the 25-year-old murder of a young woman in Mendocino County, and officials say the killer is the first person deputies suspected.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports DNA evidence from old rape-kit swabs led investigators to determine that 20-year-old Georgina Pacheco was killed by her brother-in-law, Robert James Parks. Parks committed suicide in 1998, a year after Pacheco was found raped, bludgeoned and strangled near Fort Bragg.
Parks, who had picked Pacheco up from her job as a waitress, was the last person to see her.
The newspaper says deputies interviewed Parks, but after he passed a polygraph they moved on to other suspects.
Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Caudillo says the motive may never be known.