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A 76-YEAR-old man has been arrested decades after two women were found strangled to death and suffering from bite marks.
James Ray Gary was arrested last week in Fairfield, California, in connection with multiple homicides over the last 40 years, cops said.
The Solano County Sheriff's Office announced the news and revealed that DNA evidence obtained in a 2021 sex crime led to Gary's arrest.
Gary was allegedly involved in the death of 46-year-old Latrelle Lindsay in July 1980 and 46-year-old Winifred Douglas in March 1996.
The sheriff's office said Lindsay, whose cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to strangulation associated with blunt force injuries, was found dead in a Union City home.
She was found to have bite marks on her arms and was sexually assaulted, and Union City police discovered the main switch on her home's electricity had been turned off.
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Douglas' body was discovered 16 years later in bushes in Vallejo and her cause of death was confirmed to be asphyxia and blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The sheriff's office explained in a July 21 press release how DNA evidence was found – ultimately leading to Gary's arrest.
The agency said: "In 2003, evidence from the Solano County homicide with possible DNA was sent to the CA Department of Justice for DNA analysis. A single DNA profile was found, but when loaded into the FBI’s DNA database, no match was made.
"In 2012, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office was informed that the DNA profile from the Solano County homicide matched a piece of evidence from a Union City Police Department homicide from 1980.
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"However, still no suspect was identified."
It wasn't until June 2022 that authorities were notified that the DNA profile from the two cases matched a 2021 sex crime.
Union City PD and the Solano County Sheriff’s Office were contacted last month about the DNA obtained by North Bay Police Department in 2021 – leading detectives to identify Gary as a possible suspect.
Once detectives were able to obtain a DNA sample from Gary, "the newly obtained DNA sample was submitted as a comparison to the already identified DNA from the three crimes" the sheriff's office said.
The Solano County Sheriff's Office learned on July 18, 2022 that Gary's DNA matched the already identified DNA samples.
After obtaining a warrant to arrest Gary and search his home in Fairfield, the 76-year-old was busted on July 19th and booked into Solano County Jail.
Gary remains in jail without bail and is expected to be hit with more charges relating to the 1980 homicide, police said.
Fairfield resident Samantha Siders witnessed authorities arriving at Gary's house to arrest him.
She told an ABC affiliate: "They just came in swarms. There were trucks and sheriffs. They were in full suits and it was very scary.
"This is a family household and I have a lot of children. They frequently play in the neighborhood and wave at this man."
An investigation into Gary's case remains underway.
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Anyone with information about the 1996 Solano County homicide is urged to call Solano Sheriff Investigations at 707-784-7050.
Additionally, anyone with information related to the 1980 Union City homicide is advised to contact Union City PD Investigations at 510-675-5227.
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