Homeless Man Held in Rape, Slaying of California Woman

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) — An arrest was introduced Friday within the rape and killing of a girl who vanished whereas taking a stroll in Northern California.

Mikilo Morgan Rawls, 37, was held within the loss of life of Emma Roark, who lived within the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova, authorities stated.

Roark, 20, vanished throughout a midday stroll on Jan. 27 and her physique was discovered final week close to the American River a couple of mile from her residence, authorities stated.

“One of these violent crime tears on the cloth of neighborhood security,” Sacramento County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jim Barnes stated at a information convention Friday night time.

Rawls, a homeless man with an extended prison file in Sacramento County, was recognized as a suspect by DNA proof, authorities stated.

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His DNA was on file by legislation enforcement due to a prison file that included housebreaking, probation violation and resisting an officer, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Roark was present in a secluded space alongside a scenic river parkway. Barnes stated the realm is “littered” with homeless encampments.

“This particular person was transient,” Barnes stated. “The Sheriff’s Workplace is sympathetic to the transient inhabitants, we perceive individuals are experiencing exhausting occasions. However there may be evil amongst them, and that’s what Mr. Rawls was.”

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