Southern California Police Arrest New Deal in Cold War Case of 1973

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By David K. Li

Authorities in southern California have arrested a suspect in a murder case that is close to half a century old.

Newport Beach police and Orange County attorneys have announced that they will unveil details of their investigation into the 1973 assassination at a press conference held Wednesday at 10 am .

The authorities refused to immediately disclose the details of the arrest, but the Newport Beach police announced last year that she was taking a fresh look at the killing of Linda O & # 39; s 39; Keefe, age 11, in 1973.

The girl was living in the Corona del Mar neighborhood in Newport Beach and was last seen alive on July 6, 1973, while she was walking home from school in the summer.

O & # 39; Keefe was strangled and her body found the next day.

Linda O 'Keefe was last seen alive in Corona Del Mar, California, in July 1973.Newport Beach Police Department

"My office will never forget cold cases," said Tuesday Todd Spitzer, Orange County Representative, in a statement. "Our heart goes to the victim and his family, in this case, having to endure decades without answers.We will ensure that the defendant is held accountable in a fair and just manner before a court."

Spitzer's statement thanked the FBI, the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Department for their assistance.

Police in Newport Beach released in July a sketch of a man, the possible suspect, based on the DNA collected at the scene. A turquoise van was spotted near where O 'Keefe was last seen, police said.

"We heard a number of her friends when she was at school and her death touched a lot of people," said Newport Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella, the year last. "They did not forget it and neither did we."

Police urged the public to share details about the disappearance of O Keefe on social media with the hashtag #The shop.

"The tweets extend the period during which Linda's story can be told," Manzella said. "We want as many looks on this drawing as possible so that someone can recognize the face of a killer so that justice is done."

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