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    CA - Claire Hough, 14, La Jolla, 23 August 1984

    A retired San Diego police official died in an apparent suicide, after recently being linked to the murder of a 14-year-old girl three decades ago, authorities said Thursday....
    In November 2012, cold-case homicide detectives uncovered DNA evidence that allegedly linked Brown and a second man to the slaying of 14-year-old Claire Hough, according to CBS affiliate KFMB.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1984-col...go-police-lab/

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    wow. I hope this leads to answers in the other similar killing.
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    I wonder why they had his DNA?? Interesting also with 2 men being connected.

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    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/...ing-crime-lab/

    Several defense lawyers said Friday that Brown’s possible involvement in a decades-old homicide is likely to prompt a close examination of other cases he worked on during his career, but there is no guarantee that those cases would be reopened or any convictions overturned...

    Police said Thursday that Brown was one of two men linked through DNA testing in 2012 to Claire Hough, 14, whose body was found on the sand at Torrey Pines State Beach. She had been strangled late in the evening of Aug. 24, 1984...

    The second suspect, Ronald Clyde Tatro, drowned in 2011 in an apparent boating accident.

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    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/...-beach-police/

    The crimes were chillingly similar. The same San Diego beach. Two teen girls beaten in the head, mutilated with a knife, parts of the breast sliced off. Strangled to death. Wet sand stuffed in their mouths.

    Barbara Nantais, 15, and Claire Hough, 14, were both out-of-towners, from Long Beach and Rhode Island, respectively, who felt the same draw to Torrey Pines State Beach on August days, six years apart...

    The strikingly similar murders that have haunted detectives for decades have diverged into complex investigations, sparking fresh questions with no easy answers. Are there more clues to be uncovered, or have the best leads died with the two suspects?

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    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/lo...280338162.html

    Despite the fact police have ruled out a link between the two crimes and despite both occurring at the same San Diego beach six years apart, Alt was still overwhelmed when two men were named as suspects in Hough's slaying by DNA evidence on Thursday.

    "I started shaking immediately," said Alt, recalling a time years ago when the FBI said the same person or people killed his former girlfriend, tried to kill him, and killed Hough. "I was very optimistically hopeful... that we found Barbara's killer as well as Claire's"...

    Alt was just 17 when he was severely beaten and left for dead while Barbara Nantais, 15, was bludgeoned and strangled to death. Her body was found mutilated and posed on the sand of Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego on Aug. 12, 1978.

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    I would like to know how they determined they are NOT linked. DNA? Something else? Also, if he was a criminologist and they find he DID work on the case, the possibility of DNA contamination is there. I'm still a little baffled by the two men committing a crime together, that's pretty rare, and they don't seem likely to have been pals. JMO of course.

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    1984 mystery murder of 14-year-old Rhode Island girl solved by DNA evidence
    BY Corinne Lestch
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:15 AM

    Police were able to link the 30-year-old crime to two suspects, both of whom are now dead. One suspect was a retired San Diego Police Department criminologist who did not have involvement processing evidence in the murder, and committed suicide on Tuesday.

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    The first, Ronald Clyde Tatro, 70, had an extensive criminal history of sexual assault, according to cops. He was killed in a boating accident in 2011 in Tennessee.

    The other suspect, 62-year-old Kevin Charles Brown, committed suicide Tuesday at Cuyamaca State Park in California after he knew he was being pursued by detectives.
    San Diego police solve 1984 killing of teen at Torrey Pines State Beach
    By Tony Perry
    October 23, 2014 4:16 PM

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    Brown had been interviewed and knew he was a suspect in the killing and would soon be arrested, Rorrison said. He had no criminal history and an investigation showed that he had no role in processing evidence from the 1984 crime scene, Rorrison said.

    Rorrison declined to discuss any relationship between Tatro and Brown. Brown retired in 2002 after 20 years as a civilian employee with the department.
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    Police criminalist who was suspect in 1984 murder of teenage girl found with one breast cut off and covered in scratch marks committed suicide after being interviewed over crime
    By Kieran Corcoran for MailOnline
    Published: 13:44 EST, 24 October 2014 | Updated: 17:43 EST, 24 October 2014

    Reports from the time suggest that Claire had slipped out of her grandparents' house nearby so she could smoke and listen to music cassettes.

    Her body was discovered by a walker at 5am. Claire's grandparents raised the alarm when she had not returned by morning, and the body was identified as hers.

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    However, Brown's widow denied that he was anything to do with the murder, and suggested that his DNA could have become mixed with the evidence sampled because he worked in the same lab.
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    I'm still suspicious. The drifter, yeah, I'll go with guilty. The other guy, I have issues with the whole story.


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    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/...der-dna-photo/

    A retired San Diego police criminalist connected through DNA to the 1984 murder of 14-year-old Claire Hough apparently told a friend earlier this year that he’d photographed the girl on Torrey Pines State Beach shortly before she turned up dead, according to search warrant affidavits unsealed Friday.

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    The state DNA databank matched Brown’s DNA to sperm found on vaginal swabs collected during Hough’s autopsy, and Tatro’s blood and DNA was found on the victim’s clothing, according to the warrant.

    Digging deeper into Tatro’s background, detectives learned he had been a police officer in Arkansas for more than a year before he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape in 1975 in that state. After serving seven years of a 20-year sentence, he moved to San Diego in 1982.
    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loca...281162272.html

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    Very interesting. Thank you!!

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    Well that's pretty nuts! I also was leaning toward the possibility of an innocent man being hounded into suicide until I read the last two articles.
    My guess is that it's likely Brown was familiar with the crime that happened 6 years earlier on the same beach because he was a criminologist and it was a gruesome enough case that I'd think investigators he was around talked about it. He'd have known the details, and what better way to give himself and his fellow rapist/killer an alibi than to link what they did to an earlier crime they couldn't possibly have committed. How Horrible. I wonder if she was their only murder victim?

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    http://www.therogersvillereview.com/...3403336fb.html

    Tommy Campbell, editor/publisher of the Rogersville (Tenn.) Review, published this story Thursday.

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