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Arrest in decades-old murder of a 14-year-old girl in California

Suzanne Bombardier was reported missing on the morning of June 21, 1980.

After 37 years with the authorities in Northern California said they arrested a suspect in the cold-case murder of a 14-year-old girl that drew national attention at the time, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder and rape of Suzanne Bombardier, The East Bay Times reported.

Bombardier was reported missing on the morning of June 21, 1980. She babysat her cousins the night before.

Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, has been arrested on suspicion of the murder and rape of Suzanne Bombardier.

Her disappearance prompted an intense search in Antioch, a city east of the San Francisco Bay Area. Five days later, a fisherman discovered her body floating on the San Joaquin River approximately 97 km away, the report said. She had been sexually attacked and stabbed with a single wound to the heart.

Bacom is known of Suzanne’s family, said the police to the East Bay Times. He was identified as the perpetrator through DNA evidence obtained in the case that was run through a federal database, the police told the newspaper.

The reopening of the case was attributed to the author Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons, and retired to Antioch police detectives Gregory Glod, and Ron Rackley.

Gibbons came Suzanne’s gravestone in 2014, which led her to write the Lost Girl blog, which traced her discovery of Suzanne’s stories, the East Bay Times reported.

In the same year, Gibbons arranged a reunion between detectives Glod, Rackley, and one of Suzanne’s friends, and one of her nieces, The Chronicle.

“My prayers have been answered,” Glod told the East Bay Times. “…Probably not too many days have passed that I have not thought about this case … This has made my life complete to be quite honest with you.”

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