DNA Hit Links Man to 1979 Cold Case in SJ | NBC Bay Area

DNA Hit Links Man to 1979 Cold Case in SJ

A 1979 homicide case was left open until now.



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    DNA hits link Richmond man to 1979 homicide in San Jose.

    The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office announced the arrest of a man they say is responsible for the death of a San Jose woman 31 years ago.

    Rachel Moncrief was killed in July, 1979. Her body was found at a mobile home dealership in Santa Clara.

    Now, investigators say a DNA hit from blood on her pants links 61-year-old David Dixon to the crime.

    Dixon was arrested Wednesday and will be charged with one count of murder, according to the DA's office.

    Investigators said they say a second DNA hit that linked both Dixon and Moncrief's DNA to a marijuana cigarette found near her body.

    Investigators credit the Santa Clara Police Department and the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit for solving the case.