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Gary Ramirez, a Hawaii man, has been arrested 40 years after the killing of a 15-year-old California girl who was stabbed 59 times.
Gary Ramirez is 75 years old.
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Since 1982, the murder has remained unsolved. Still, recent DNA evidence has allegedly linked Gary Ramirez, 75, to Karen Stitt, who was raped and killed near a bus stop in Sunnyvale, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.
Ramirez was arrested at his home in Makawao on the island of Maui on August 2. Authorities said he was formerly a resident of Fresno, Calif., and had served in the U.S. Air Force.
Despite years of detective work, there were no “significant leads” in the cold case until 2019, when Sunnyvale DPS Detective Matt Hutchison followed up on a tip that determined Stitt’s killer was allegedly one of four brothers from Fresno, according to a news release from the D.A.’s office.
In late April 2022, Ramirez was identified “as the likely source of blood and bodily fluid” left at the crime scene, and the Santa Clara County D.A.’s Crime Lab corroborated the link last week, per the agency.
The D.A.’s office said that Ramirez’s arrest involved officials in Santa Clara County, Maui, and federal law enforcement authorities. The investigation leading up to his custody was funded by a grant awarded to the office by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Stitt was last seen on September 2, 1982, after she and her boyfriend parted ways near the bus stop. The following day, her nude body was found behind a blood-stained cinder block wall, per the D.A.’s office.
Ramirez will be extradited to California and then arraigned on murder, kidnapping, and rape charges. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
It was not immediately clear if he had entered a plea or retained an attorney to comment on his behalf.
“Behind every old murder file in every major police department, there is a person, heartbreak, and a mystery,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “The mystery of Karen Stitt’s death has been solved thanks to advances in forensic science and a detective that would never, ever give up.”