Brisbane man arrested in 25-year-old killing

(AP)

Gabriel O'Neill

A San Mateo County man has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault and killing of a woman found in a ravine 25 years ago.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1l88Zfc ) that 45-year-old Gabriel O’Neill was taken into custody this week. The Brisbane man is jailed without bail on suspicion of murder.

Hikers found the body of 27-year-old Sheila Lorraine Hatcher in a ravine on San Bruno Mountain on March 12, 1989. Sheriff’s Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt says Hatcher had been sexually assaulted and suffered blunt force trauma. Investigators at the time were unable to find sufficient evidence to identify a suspect.

Last year, the victim’s family asked sheriff’s investigators to reopen the cold case. Rosenblatt says evidence was resubmitted that linked O’Neill to the killing. She did not elaborate.

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