Arrest Made in 1984 Cold Case of California Woman Dragged Into Alley and Killed

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After 40 years of investigation, officials finally discovered and detained a 59-year-old man in Los Angeles on suspicion of assaulting and killing a lady.

According to a Roseville Police announcement, investigators discovered the remains of 69-year-old Madeline Garcia on Atlantic Street in 1984. Officers discovered evidence at the scene that indicated Garcia had been “attacked and dragged into an alley,” where she was slain.

Police detectives had exhausted all leads. Despite their efforts, authorities were unable to identify a suspect at the time. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office stated that several of the policemen and detectives who initially worked on the case have already retired, but the inquiry is still ongoing.

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The district attorney’s office and police detectives provided samples for additional testing. Prosecutors stated that “advancements in forensic techniques, coupled with investigative tenacity and teamwork” led to Richard Moore’s identification and arrest on June 27 in Los Angeles. Moore was living there at the time and was taken into custody before being brought to Placer County truecrimenews stated.

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Moore appeared in court on July 8 for his arraignment on a charge of murder with special charges of kidnapping and rape, according to a district attorney’s office news release. He pleaded not guilty. He is due in court again on July 22.

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