Suspect in 2007 Valentines Day murder of mentally disabled woman identified

Posted at 4:47 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 19:48:17-05

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) -- The suspect in a 2007 Valentine’s Day murder of a mentally disabled Carlsbad woman has been identified, authorities announced Tuesday.

Investigators were able to match DNA evidence with suspect David Mabrito in the murder of Jodine Serrin.

Serrin was found dead in her condominium on the 1900 block of Swallow Lane in Carlsbad on February 14, 2007.

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Mabrito was a transient who died in 2011, according to police.

"We are thankful to provide a resolution of this case to Jodine's family," stated Police Chief Neil Gallucci. "We never forgot Jodine and we are grateful to have identified the person responsible for her tragic murder."

The Serrin family released the following statement:

"Jodine taught us all with her special challenges, perseverance and love of nature. There was joy in her laughter, love in her heart and faith in her soul. The Serrin family is forever grateful to the Carlsbad Police Department for their outstanding efforts in attaining justice through resolution of this tragic case."