CA - Shannon Ritter, 12, Rancho Cordova - strangled and drowned in a bath tub, 1972
SACRAMENTO — The family of a murder victim will sleep a little easier tonight. The Sacramento Sheriff's Department Cold Case Unit says it's solved a 34 year old murder.
The victim's sister, Diana Gore, says "This day's been a long time coming." It's been 34 years since 12 year old Shannon Ritter was found strangled and drowned in a bath tub at this Rancho Cordova apartment complex.
Now a Florida real estate agent is behind bars, accused of the murder. 57 year old James Gaines is married and has been living in Lauderhill, just north of Ft. Lauderdale for the last 20 years. Cold case detective James Barnes says "He was very cooperative with us but he was extremely shocked when we made the arrest."
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