Police link DNA to killings of women found slain in 1986

This undated photo provided by the Fremont Police Department shows David Misch. Police in a Northern California city say they have solved the 1986 killings of two friends thanks to DNA evidence and that the suspect is already behind bars. The Fremont Police Department announced Monday they arrested Misch on suspicion of two counts of murder in the slayings of two young women whose nude bodies were dumped along a road. (Fremont Police Department via AP)

FREMONT, Calif. - The 1986 killings of two women who disappeared after attending a birthday party were committed by a man convicted in an unrelated murder three years later, according to DNA evidence linking the suspect to the crimes, authorities said Monday.

The Fremont Police Department announced they arrested David Misch, 57, on suspicion of two counts of murder in the slayings of two young women whose nude bodies were dumped along a road, the East Bay Times reported . Fremont is southeast of San Francisco.

Misch was charged last week with two counts of murder in the shooting and stabbing deaths of Michelle Xavier, 18, and Jennifer Duey, 20. Information on his defence attorney was not immediately available.

The women had attended a birthday dinner and were last seen together later that evening at a convenience store.

After their bodies were discovered, Xavier's car was located parked six miles from the crime scene in the parking lot of a shopping centre but investigators never found their personal belongings, including purses and identification.

"The deaths of the two women were highly publicized and left many in the community shaken and fearful in their own neighbourhoods," police said in a statement Monday.

Officials say investigators re-examined the files and evidence in recent years and DNA test results identified Misch as the main suspect.

Misch is serving 18 years to life for an unrelated homicide in 1989.

The women's families issued a statement thanking the Fremont Police Department. "We have been in constant contact with them, so we know how deeply they care and how hard they work," they said.


Information from: East Bay Times, http://www.eastbaytimes.com

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