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  1. #1
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    Jan 2011

    CA - Karen Klaas, 32, Hermosa Beach, 30 Jan 1976

    I have done a search but haven't found a thread about the murder of Karen Klaas. The former wife of Bill Medley, one of the Righteous Brothers. She died on February 3rd 1976, four days after she was discovered unconscious on the floor of her home. The police reopened the case in 2009, but that now seems to have tapered off again.


    Edit: Name should be Klass and not Klaas. Can't seem to edit the title.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013

    The 1976 murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers‘ singer Bill Medley, has finally been solved according to multiple reports — though the public will have to wait until Monday to find out just who did it.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators announced Friday that they’ve scheduled a press conference for Jan. 30 where they will finally reveal who killed the Hermosa Beach mother of two...

    A statement issued Friday by the department said investigators believe the case has been solved through the use of “familial DNA,” which identified the killer. The process involves detectives searching law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the suspect...

    Klaas was attacked just after returning home from taking her youngest child to a local pre-school. Police said the home showed signs of a struggle and had been ransacked.

    Police have not said if an arrest has been made in the case or if the suspect is even alive after all these years.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2006
    Chandler AZ
    Kenneth Troyer identified as killer. So I take it they did not have his DNA on file from 1982? He was killed in a police shootout after he broke out of prison but even then had a record


  4. #4
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    Oct 2014
    The 32-year-old Klaas was allegedly killed by Kenneth Troyer, sheriff's officials said. Troyer, who allegedly committed a number of sexual assaults and robberies, was fatally shot by law enforcement authorities in Orange County in March of 1982.

    The familial DNA technique allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime.

    A sheriff's detective said a "first degree relative" was the source of the DNA sample -- collected six years ago -- that led to the identification of Troyer. An example of such a relative is a father or son.

    ...an initial familial DNA search in 2011 failed to turn up any possible suspects. Detectives requested another search in 2016, which led to Troyer, he said.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2009
    CA always, FL now
    Police Identify Killer of Slain Righteous Brothers Singer Bill Medley's Ex-Wife
    January 30, 2017

    In a press conference attended by Medley and his son, Darrin on Monday, authorities said Kenneth Eugene Troyer, a serial rapist shot dead after escaping prison in 1982 was confirmed as Karen Klaas' killer.

    Troyer was 29 at the time of the January 30, 1976 murder. Klaas was 32.

    District Attorney Jackie Lacey said familial DNA was used as a “last resort” and is an “invaluable resource” for cold cases.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2004
    I can't find much info on Troyer. I wonder if he was known to be in the area at the time or lived near there.

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    Jul 2009
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