TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - A former high school classmate of a woman whose body was found in 1987 in a Yakima County orchard has been arrested.
The sheriff's office says DNA evidence helped break the 21-year-old case.
The 20-year-old Toppenish woman, Jenece Marie Wilson, was a member of the Yakama Nation. She was one of more than a dozen women who mysteriously died on or around the reservation between 1980 and 1993.
Evidence was submitted last year for DNA testing. A match led to the arrest yesterday of a 41-year-old man in Hermiston, Ore., Samuel Posada. He was taken into custody when he checked in with his probation officer.
Posada's name had never surfaced during the initial investigation. Both he and Jenece Wilson are pictured in the 1984 yearbook from Toppenish High School. --- Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakima-herald.com
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