Police are searching for a man they believe might be connected to the death of federal investigator Sandra Coke after her body was found outside a park in Vacaville, Calif.
Coke, 50, a capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, went missing Aug. 4 after leaving her home to pick up a prescription for her daughter. She was last seen with Randy Alana, a parolee she dated briefly 20 years ago who contacted her recently, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Her car was discovered earlier this month as her family mounted a large search, offering a $100,000 reward to anyone with information that would lead to her return.
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Nearly 70 searchers and two dogs led police to Coke's body in the Vacaville park on Friday.
"It's been real heartbreaking," Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, where Coke worked in the mid-1990s, told the Oakland Tribune
. "She was just a wonderful person and skilled and committed advocate. It's a terrible, terrible loss."
Alana, 56, has been named a "person of interest" in the case but not a suspect, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. He is listed in California's Megan's Law database as a "high-risk" sex offender with convictions for rape, rape in concert with force or violence, kidnapping with intent to commit a sex offense, and oral copulation.
He was released after his latest second-degree burglary conviction and assigned a GPS-monitoring device, but a warrant was issued for his arrest Aug. 6 after he "failed" to participate in the monitoring program by tampering with the device, the Times said.
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