Arrest in 38 Year Old Bay Area Murder Case
Most large law enforcement agencies now have a special “Cold Case” unit in charge of solving old but serious crimes. The Oakland police cold case unit’s work led this week to the Alameda county District Attorneys office filing of murder charges in one of the oldest, unsolved Bay Area murder cases.
According to the Oakland Police Department, Julie McElhiney, age 13, was attacked, sexually assaulted, and murdered in a residence on Pleitner Avenue, in Oakland. She was discovered laying face down on the floor of the residence around the evening hours on August 9, 1974. She was declared dead after being transported to a local hospital. It was later determined that the cause of death was blunt trauma to the head. She also sustained injuries consistent with being sexually assaulted. [Read more…]