The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Friday that the murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers‘ singer Bill Medley, has been solved 41 years later by DNA evidence.
Police said they will hold a press conference on Jan 30., the day Klass was murdered, where they will reportedly reveal who killed the mother of two.
Police said that “familial DNA” identified the murderer. According to reports, the method is a controversial technique that law enforcement uses to identify likely relatives of suspects.
Klaas, 32, was attacked Jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach.
She was sexually assaulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. She died a few days later at the hospital.
According to Fox News, Sheriff's investigators, seeking help from the public in 2009, said two witnesses spotted a shaggy-haired, bearded man in a trench coat and blue jeans leaving the house, but the man was never seen again.
Officials said they were able to put together a DNA profile of Klaas' killer but in 2009 said it hadn't matched anyone in the national DNA database.
It is not clear whether law enforcement has made an arrest in the case, but more information will be released Monday.
Medley and Klaas married in 1964 and divorced in 1970. They have one son together.