Tacoma police arrest suspect in 1986 murder case

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — After more than three decades, Tacoma police have arrested the suspected killer of a 13-year-old Tacoma girl.

The News Tribune reports that Jennifer Bastian disappeared Aug. 4, 1986, after she went for a bike ride in Point Defiance Park. Her body was found 14 days later.

At a press conference Thursday, police didn’t name the suspect, but said he out of state. He’ll be transferred to Pierce County Jail to face charges.

Bastian was training for a bike tour in the San Juan Islands and took her new Schwinn bicycle to the park. She promised to be home by 6:30 p.m.

When she didn’t return home by 8:30 p.m., her parents reported her missing.

Hundreds of people and bloodhounds scoured the park but found no sign of Bastian.

Bastian’s body was found by a jogger two weeks later in a wooded area. She’d been strangled.