Golden State Killer suspect possibly linked to San Diego crimes

Posted at 4:00 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 19:45:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Golden State Killer crime spree may have ties to San Diego, according to District Attorney Summer Stephan.

Investigators say DNA evidence tied Joseph DeAngelo to the series of killings, rapes and burglaries that occurred between 1976 and 1986 across California.

Stephan said Thursday that unsolved cases may be linked to the crimes.

"We've received a couple of calls and I can't be specific as to the victims and their privacy, where they feel that now that he's been caught there are similarities and this could be the man who sexually assaulted them," Stephan said.

Law enforcement officials used genealogical sites to find a DNA match for DeAngelo, according to the Associated Press.

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Investigators compared the DNA collected from a crime scene in the Golden State Killer case to online genetic profiles and found a match: a relative of DeAngelo. Investigators didn't go into further detail such as which company they went through.

Thus far, DeAngelo – a former police officer and Navy sailor who trained in San Diego -- has been charged in connection with eight murders.

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DeAngelo was arrested at his home outside of Sacramento on April 25.