With substantial DNA evidence, DA confident moving forward in Bealer case

Jan 24, 2014 7:46 PM

It's been almost one year since 14-year-old Marysa Nichols' body was found in a field behind Red Bluff High School.

At that crime scene on February 28th was Rebecca Gaxiola, a Department of Justice criminalist.

She has been an expert analyst in at least 10 different criminal cases.

On Thursday, she testified once more at Quentin Bealer's preliminary hearing.

She remembered finding Nichols’ body face down, covered with a foam pad, with a piece of yellow cloth wrapped around her neck.

“On the one sample, it was positive for Quentin Bealer's DNA which was mixed with the victim's DNA,” Tehama County DA Gregg Cohen said.

Coincidentally, Bealer's Red Bluff High School daughter turned 14 the very same day Marysa went missing.

Action News Now did try reaching out to Marysa's family earlier today. A little while ago we received a message from Marysa's mother, who tells us she's been advised not to give interviews or statements at this time.


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