OAKLAND, CA (AP) - Authorities in California have found a woman's body in an area where investigators are searching for a missing federal investigator.
Oakland police say the body was discovered around 2 p.m. Friday near Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville, where crews have been looking for 50-year-old Sandra Coke of Oakland.
"We can confirm that a body has been located," Oakland police Lt. Henderson Jordan said. "The body is of a female. We are awaiting official confirmation of the identity of the body."
Coke, a capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, was last seen in Oakland on Sunday.
On Thursday, Oakland police identified Coke's former boyfriend, 56-year-old Randy Alana, as a person of interest in the case. He and Coke were seen together Sunday.
Oakland police said she was last seen Sunday evening with a paroled sex offender Randy Alana. The 56-year-old is a paroled sex offender and felon with a long and violent rap sheet.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Alana was acquitted of murdering a 23-year-old Oakland woman in 1983. While he was waiting for trial, he was accused of stabbing another inmate. He pleaded no contest and spent six years in prison.
Alana was arrested on an unspecified parole violation on Tuesday.
Investigators have not said what or who led them to the location where they found the body.
The Solano County coroner said it may be several days before the identity of the body is released.
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