ANAHEIM, Calif. — A New Mexico man was arrested final week and charged with the 1980 chilly case homicide of an aged California girl discovered raped and killed in her residence.
Andre William Lepere, 64, of Alamogordo, was booked Wednesday on a cost of first-degree homicide, with the particular circumstance allegation of rape, within the dying of Viola Hagenkord, Anaheim police officials said.
The popular Hagenkord, 79, was discovered lifeless in her Anaheim residence Feb. 18, 1980, by a neighbor who turned involved after Hagenkord was not seen for a few days.
Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer told the Los Angeles Times that Hagenkord died of asphyxia.
“Murder detectives investigated the case extensively and picked up beneficial proof, however the case went chilly,” police officials said in a statement. “Over the course of the next a long time, different murder detectives revisited the case, however no suspects have been recognized.”
Chilly case investigators reopened the case in September with the hope that superior DNA know-how might present clues in Hagenkord’s slaying. Anaheim detectives, in collaboration with the Orange County Crime Lab and the FBI’s Orange County Violent Crime Job Power, took one other take a look at the proof and recognized Lepere as a suspect.
Carringer told KTLA in Los Angeles that genetic family tree helped the detectives hint DNA on the crime scene to Lepere, who was 22 on the time of the crime.
California detectives, the New Mexico State Police, deputies from the Otero County Sheriff’s Division and different New Mexico officers situated Lepere final week at his residence within the Amber Skies cell residence retirement neighborhood. He was taken into custody Wednesday, authorities said.
Lepere, a truck driver and plumber who lived close to Hagenkord on the time of the crime, by no means made it onto detectives’ radar on the time of the preliminary investigation. The Times reported that Lepere was acquitted of tried homicide in 1992, however particulars of that alleged crime weren’t instantly accessible.
Lepere was within the Otero County Jail Monday awaiting extradition to California.