DNA Hit Links Man to 1979 Cold Case in SJ

A 1979 homicide case was left open until now.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 4:49 PM PDT
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DNA Hit Links Man to 1979 Cold Case in SJ

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

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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.
 

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