Law enforcement sources on Thursday confirmed that police have detained a man with connections to a missing Oakland woman who may have knowledge that could help in the investigation into her disappearance.
Several sources told KTVU police picked up 56-year-old Randy Alana on a parole violation two days ago. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail yesterday morning.
A family friend of 50-year-old Sandra Coke said she dated Alana briefly about 20 years ago.
According to those friends, Alana reappeared in the area in the past few months and had contacted Coke, asking for help in getting his life back together.
KTVU found his picture on the Megan's List website. Alana has prior convictions for kidnap and rape.
Earlier Thursday, Coke's family announced a $100,000 reward for information on her disappearance.
The 50-year-old Coke, who friends and family described as a highly dedicated mother to her 15-year-old daughter and an investigator with the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, has been missing since 7 p.m. Sunday night.
On Thursday, Coke's family and friends said many people around the country contributed to the large reward fund.
Her sister, Tanya Coke, said police have said they do have some leads in the investigation.
She asked anyone with information to come forward and thanked everyone who's helped with the search.
"Sandra was the kind of person who would have done the same and we all our just desperate to see her returned home safely," said Tanya Coke.
The family has set up a new hotline for people to leave tips on Coke's disappearance. Individuals with information can call 415-385-5190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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