Tacoma, Washington : Arrest Made in the 1986 Murder of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian

An arrest has been made in the 1986 murder of Jennifer Bastian, 13.

Tacoma, Washington :
Tacoma Police Department
TPD Update on Jennifer Bastian Case
May 10, 2018

Loretta Cool, Public Information Officer, Tacoma Police Department, lcool@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5968

Tacoma, Wash. — Tacoma Police Department detectives, in consultation with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, have developed probable cause to arrest an identified suspect in the 1986 child murder case of Jennifer Bastian. This case was never closed as the department continued to investigate new tips and review existing case files. Department detectives have located and detained the suspect out of state and will transport the suspect to Washington to face prosecution.

A news conference will be held at Tacoma Police Headquarters, 3701 S. Pine St., to answer questions regarding this case. The date and time of the news conference will be conveyed to the media when arrangements are finalized.

On Aug. 4, 1986, 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian left her home in the 2100 block of N. Winnifred at approximately 2:30 p.m. She rode her 18-speed Schwinn bicycle to Point Defiance Park to train for an upcoming bike tour in the San Juan Islands. Jennifer left a note saying she would be home by 6:30 p.m.

Several credible sightings of Jennifer were reported around the 5-mile drive of Point Defiance Park as late as 6 p.m. that day. Jennifer never returned home and a massive search took place at the park. Jennifer’s body was located on Aug. 28, 1986, in a wooded area off the 5-mile drive.


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