DNA links inmate to unsolved California killings

Sep 9, 2014 10:28 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A 66-year-old man has been named a person of interest in a string of killings in the San Francisco Peninsula 38 years ago.

The FBI announced Monday that cold case investigators have linked Rodney Halbower to the killings of five young women in San Mateo County in 1976. Halbower is serving time at the Oregon State Penitentiary for an attempted murder.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports investigators connected DNA evidence on a cigarette butt left under the body of a sixth murder victim in Reno, Nevada to Halbower. The DNA also linked the Nevada murder to two of the killings in San Mateo County.

Halbower had recently given a DNA sample, and investigators think his DNA matches evidence found in some of the unsolved slayings in the Peninsula.

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