75-year-old man arrested for allegedly stabbing teen 59 occasions in 1982

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A Hawaii man has been arrested for a 1982 slaying of an adolescent kidnapped from a bus cease in California, authorities introduced Tuesday.

Police in Sunnyvale nabbed 75-year-old Gary Ramirez in Maui after they concluded his DNA matched the blood from the scene of 15-year-old Karen Stitt’s homicide, in accordance with Santa Clara County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

DNA expertise was used to hyperlink Gary Ramirez to the blood from Karen Stitt’s leather-based jacket.
Maui Police Division

Stitt was ready for a bus in Sunnyvale when she disappeared within the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 1982. A supply truck driver discovered her unclothed lifeless physique in bushes a soccer discipline away from the station, in accordance with a Mercury Information story revealed Tuesday.

Police mentioned DNA expertise was used to hyperlink Ramirez to the blood from Karen’s leather-based jacket and the 4-foot cinder block wall the place the killer left her after stabbing her 59 occasions.

Sunnyvale police Detective Matt Hutchison revealed that whereas he arrested Ramirez — a retired bug exterminator and Air Pressure veteran with an injured hip — appeared so shocked he may solely utter, “Oh my gosh.”

Ramirez, a Fresno native, had no prison file, police mentioned. His older brother, Rudy Ramirez, who additionally lives in Maui, mentioned it was arduous to conceive that his youthful brother would perform a grisly homicide.

“I’ve by no means seen him violent or get offended ever,” Rudy Ramirez instructed the newspaper. “He wouldn’t damage a fly.”

In 2019, Hutchison partnered with a genealogist, who narrowed the DNA right down to 4 brothers.

Hutchison then looked for certainly one of Gary Ramirez’s youngsters, and picked up a DNA pattern, which revealed there was a excessive chance that the suspect was their father, he mentioned. Authorities then employed a search warrant to swab Gary Ramirez’s mouth for a DNA pattern, which against the law lab confirmed matched the DNA discovered on the decades-old crime scene.

When he opened the e-mail with the DNA match, “I wished to scream, however I can’t as a result of I didn’t wish to get up the resort,” Hutchison mentioned. “So I simply took a second to mirror.”

He opened up his laptop computer and clicked on the photograph of Karen.

Karen Stitt.
Karen Stitt was ready for a bus in Sunnyvale when she disappeared within the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 1982.
County of Santa Clara
Karen Stitt.
Karen Stitt’s unclothed and bloody physique was present in some bushed not removed from the bus station.
County of Santa Clara
Gary Ramirez.
Gary Ramirez allegedly stabbed Karen Stitt 59 occasions.
County of Santa Clara
Gary Ramirez.
“I’ve by no means seen him violent or get offended ever,” Gary Ramirez’s brother reacted.
County of Santa Clara

“I took a fast look at her photograph,” he mentioned, “and I simply instructed her, ‘We did it.’”

Ramirez is locked up in a Maui jail whereas ready for a Wednesday extradition listening to to be able to transport him to California.

With Publish wires


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