A rapist has been arrested for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who vanished in 1980.
On Monday, police in Antioch, northern California, arrested 63-year-old Mitchell Lynn Bacom for kidnapping, raping and killing Suzanne Bombardier 37 years ago.
Bombardier vanished between 1.30am and 4am while she was babysitting her nieces at her sister's apartment in Hudson Court on June 21, 1980.
Her body was found in the San Joaquin river a week later. She had a single stab wound to the heart.
Bacom, who had already been convicted and released from jail for rape, robbery and sodomy, was a suspect at the time.
He knew the Bombardier family, though police will not say how, and was feared to have been involved but there was no definitive evidence linking him to the killing.
Mitchell Bacom, 63, has been arrested for the rape and murder of Suzanne Bombardier, a 14-year-old girl who was killed in northern California in 1980
In 2015, the case was revived. In the last year, evidence that was collected at the time was tested using new DNA technology and it returned a match with Bacom.
He was arrested on Monday night at his home and is now in custody on charges of kidnapping, rape, oral copulation and murder.
Antioch police announced the charges on Facebook and explained how they were able to make the breakthrough after almost four decades.
'When the biological evidence was originally collected in this case, DNA testing did not exist as a method of determining guilt in our justice system.
'Over the years, the Antioch Police