A hit on the state’s felon DNA database has led to the arrest of a Fresno man for the 1985 cold case murder of a 21-year-old woman in Mountain View, authorities said.
According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Daniel Garcia, now 53, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday for the murder of Saba Girmai.
Girmai died by strangulation and her body was found by a passerby on January, 18, 1985, in a dumpster located at the rear of the Bailey Park Plaza and Safeway shopping center at 570 N. Shoreline Blvd.
"Although there is still more investigative work to be done, the successful outcome of this decades-long investigation was only possible through the hard work and dedication of many investigators and law enforcement agencies. Hopefully this will help bring some closure to Ms. Girmai’s family," Mountain View Police Department Chief Scott S.G. Vermeer said.
“We never forget about unsolved murder cases and continuously seek out new technology and new leads to help us solve them,” he added.
On Jan. 12, 2010, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory developed a DNA profile from the victim’s fingernails. The resulting profile matched a convicted offender: Garcia. He had never previously been linked to Girmai.
“No matter how long ago someone was murdered, we don’t forget about them,’’ said Deputy District Attorney Ted Kajani, who heads the Cold Case Unit.
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