Police say the unidentified suspect is believed responsible for the 1986 death of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian. Police plan to hold a news conference to discuss the case.
A suspect has been arrested in the 1986 homicide of a 13-year-old girl whose body was found in Point Defiance Park, according to Tacoma police.
According to a news release, police plan to hold a news conference to discuss the arrest, although the date and time has not been finalized.
The News Tribune reports the suspect in the death of Jennifer Bastian lives out of state and is being transferred to Pierce County Jail to face charges.
An Illinois TV station reports the suspect, a 60-year-old man, lives in Eureka, Illinois, about 137 miles southwest of Chicago.
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On Aug. 4, 1986, Bastian left her Tacoma home about 2:30 p.m. and rode her bicycle to Point Defiance Park. She left a note saying she would be home by 6:30 p.m., police said.
Several sightings of Bastian were reported around Point Defiance Park as late as 6 p.m., but she never returned home. Her body was found in the park on Aug. 28. She had been strangled.
For decades, authorities believed Bastian was killed by the same person responsible for the death of Michella Welch, 12, a Tacoma girl who disappeared from Puget Park on March 26, 1986. Her body was found hours later.
However, two years ago police announced they no longer believed the same man killed the two girls, according to The News Tribune.
The announcement comes the same day authorities in Grays Harbor County announced they have identified the remains 10-year-old Lindsey Baum, who disappeared in 2009.