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Police arrest man who allegedly killed woman in 24-year-old Sacramento cold case

Sacramento Police identified Irvin Parnel as the suspect in the 24-year-old cold case where a woman was killed in her hotel room in Sacramento.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Police Officers arrested a suspect in a homicide case that has been unsolved for over 20 years, officials confirmed. 

Officers identified Irvin Parnell, 58, the man who allegedly killed Linda Garcia, 33, in her hotel room on Massie Court on Oct. 10, 1996. Police said Garcia died from blunt force trauma.

Sacramento Police homicide detectives later turned the case over to cold case detectives. Cold case detectives were working on the case for the last 24 years and were able to identify Parnell as a suspect based on previous evidence and newly obtained information.

Parnell was already in custody on unrelated charges, but the Sacramento Police did not say what those were. Police booked Parnell in the Sacramento County Main Jail on Thursday on homicide charges related to Garcia's death. 

"While we cannot replace the loss that Linda Garcia's family has felt for almost 24 years, we hope that an arrest in this case can finally bring them some closure," Homicide Detective Sgt. Brian Kinney said in a news release. 

If you have any information regarding this case to call the Sacramento Police Department at (916) 264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916)443-4357.

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