DNA Evidence Leads To Suspect’s Arrest For Strangling 13-Year-Old Girl In 1986

Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

New DNA evidence has led to the arrest of man who allegedly kidnapped and killed a 13-year-old girl in Tacoma, Wash., back in 1986.

Jennifer Bastian went for a bike ride to train for an upcoming race on August 4, 1986, but never returned. Her body was found several weeks later in the woods near Five Mile Drive, according to The News Tribune. She had been strangled to death.

Sixty-year-old Robert D. Washburn of Eureka, Ill., was arrested and taken into custody Thursday morning after new DNA evidence linked him to the crime, The News Tribune reported. (RELATED: Genetic Evidence Identifies Golden State Killer)

“I think everybody who has been involved with this over the years is extremely happy that it’s been solved,” Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool told The News Tribune.

Authorities have not released much information on Washburn, other than he lived nine blocks from Bastian’s home at the time of her death.

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