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Posted: 9:48 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. —
A murder charge was filed Friday against the former boyfriend of a federal investigator whose body was discovered in a dry Vacaville creek bed in August, prosecutors said.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley said 56-year-old Randy Alana would be charged in the August 4th murder of Sandra Coke.
On the evening of August 4th, Sandra Coke, an inspector with the Sacramento Branch of the Federal Public Defender’s Office, went missing after she left her Oakland home.
An intensive five-day search ended when her body was discovered in a dry creek bed off of Interstate 80 in Vacaville.
In the following days and weeks, the Oakland Police Department’s homicide investigators conducted a thorough investigation of the murder, leading to charges being filed.
“Sandra Coke’s murder is an unfathomable tragedy that has devastated her family, friends and co-workers,” O’Malley said in a prepared statement.
Alana has been in custody in Alameda County since his arrest on a parole violation on August 9. The defendant was expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon.
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