Tribune News Service
TACOMA, Wash. -- Stacia Glenn of the News Tribune newspaper reported that the man who police allege kidnapped and killed 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park more than three decades ago was arrested Thursday.
The 60-year-old was identified as Robert D. Washburn of Eureka, Illinois, according to multiple media outlets.
Jennifer Bastian disappeared on a bike ride Aug. 4, 1986. Her body was found weeks later in a wooded area off Five Mile Drive.
Her killing, once believed linked to the death of 12-year-old Michella Welch around the same time, is one of the most heart-wrenching in the city's history.
"I think everybody who has been involved with this over the years is extremely happy that it's been solved," Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.