LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Trans woman Kathy Foster was found dead in a field in Ontario, California on March 22, 1990. She was shot 3 times and her body dumped at the site where she was found. Witnesses were interviewed, but the case eventually went cold. No one claimed her body and officials buried her in the San Bernardino county cemetery.
Fast forward to 2012. Ontario police sent cold case DNA evidence to a database and got a hit. Richard Reil, a man already in custody in another county awaiting trial for different murder in 2009. Detectives Robert Marquez and Bill Russell went back to the 1990 files and built up the case. Prosecutors from Orange county urged that the 1990 case against Reil be combined with his 2009 case so they can argue he committed multiple murders — a harsher outcome if convicted.
Last May, the Orange County Prosecutor charged Reil with the murder of Kathy Foster. Reid’s arrangement is scheduled for September 18 on the Foster case. Reil remains in the Orange County jail where he has apparently been held since 2009.
Thumbs up to the police work by the Ontario, CA police — there were no family members urging them to solve a 20-year old murder — they did this on their own.
I wrote earlier about another Los Angeles-area murder solved by DNA: https://lexiecannes.com/2014/12/23/suspect-in-1989-california-transgender-murder-tripped-up-by-dna/
Ontario: [TRIGGER WARNING!] http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20150822/dna-links-suspect-to-1990-homicide-of-transvestite-prostitute
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