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California authorities expected to announce arrest of Golden State Killer, man wanted for 12 murders, 45 rapes

California authorities expected to announce arrest of Golden State Killer, man wanted for 12 murders, 45 rapes
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In this June 15, 2016 file photo, law enforcement drawings of a suspected serial killer believed to have committed at least 12 murders across California in the 1970 s and 1980 s are displayed at a news conference about the investigation, in Sacramento, Calif.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Authorities in California plan to make a “major announcement” in the case of an elusive serial killer they say committed at least 12 homicides, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries across the state in the 1970s and 1980s.

A news conference will be held Wednesday afternoon in Sacramento to make “a major announcement,” said District Attorney’s spokeswoman Shelly Osorio. She offered no other information.

A woman who was sexually assaulted in California in 1976 by a man believed to be the East Area Rapist and who now lives in South Carolina told The Island Packet newspaper Wednesday that she has been contacted by detectives about an arrest.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy. I’ve been crying, sobbing,” the woman said.

FBI and California officials in 2016 renewed their search for the suspect dubbed the East Area Rapist and announced a $50,000 reward for his arrest and conviction. He’s linked to more than 175 crimes in all between 1976 and 1986.
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