Police Arrest Man For Murder In Cold Case From 1998

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Police say they arrested a man Monday who is accused of killing then-19-year-old Jennifer Brinkman in Marysville, Washington, on March 21, 1998.

Brinkman’s father discovered her deceased body at home after returning from a vacation to California with his girlfriend at the time, Detective Sgt. James Maple said at a Marysville Police Department press conference Tuesday.

The suspect, 52, was booked into Snohomish County Jail and is suspected of first degree murder, according to King5 News. Autopsy results showed he had struck Brinkman in the neck with an axe, which he then left at the scene, according to police. Authorities used DNA from the axe as a primary piece of evidence in solving the case. (RELATED: Police Find Body Of Missing Woman After Two-Month Search)

Police described Brinkman as being “a social individual” who “encouraged conversation.” She also spent a lot of time on dating sites and telephone chat lines, where it is believed she connected with the suspect, police said.

“Solving this case has been at the top of the priority list of the Marysville Police Department for the past 24+ years,” Chief Erik Scairpon said during the press conference. “We never gave up, or put this on a shelf. It was continuously being investigated, with the belief that we would one day be able to bring some level of closure for the family and justice for Jennifer.”