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Galt 34-year-old cold case murder solved after DNA match on fingernail scrapings, officials say

For more than three decades, the murder of 79-year-old Lucille Hultgren at her home in Galt has remained unsolved. It was the only cold-blooded murder case in the small community of Sacramento County. “Nails were the key to resolving this case,” Sacramento County Prosecutor Anne Marie Schubert told a news conference with Galt police. BELOW VIDEO | Watch the full press conference on the Galt cold break Hultgren was found dead at her home on May 23, 1988, by two friends who came to check on her after she lost her church, said Galt Police Chief Brian Kalinowski . He was strangled, stabbed and sexually abused, he said. The medical examiner believed that the murder had taken place about two to five days before her body was found. Hultgren was an active member of her church and the mother of two adult sons, one of whom has since died. ABOUT A Stockton man thanks police for solving the cold case of his mother’s murder in 1988. The murder happened shortly after her husband’s death and the last time one of her sons saw her alive was on Mother’s Day. , said Schubert. “He lived a mediocre life by all accounts,” he said. “Her church and her faith were important to her.” He was a resident of Galt for a long time and was never on the police radar until his death from natural causes. But his DNA was leaked from a sexual assault case in San Joaquin County, about which authorities hope to find out more. Advances in DNA analysis over the years have reached the point where what required a quarter-size sample may now be “less than a billionth the size of a Sweet’N Low package,” Schubert said. Police are now investigating other jurisdictions to see if they have anything in common with other cold cases in the area. Schubert said Holtgren’s body was the “silent witness” who revealed her killer, although his motive is still unknown. Schubert said the victim’s son wished the suspect was still alive so he could face justice. “I wish this person was still alive so we could prosecute him and put him in jail,” he said. “But sometimes justice does not lead us that way.” Hultgren’s 78-year-old son, Henry Hultgren, later told KCRA 3 that he was grateful to all those involved in helping resolve the case. “Thank you all,” Henry said. that’s great, it always has been. ”

For more than three decades, the murder of 79-year-old Lucille Hultgren at her home in Galt has remained unsolved. It was the only cold-blooded murder case in the small community of Sacramento County.

But now a DNA match on the victim’s nails has identified the killer of Hultgren, a transient and sexual assailant who lived under a bridge on Highway 99 until his death in 2011, authorities said on Tuesday.

“Nails were the key to resolving this case,” Sacramento County Prosecutor Anne Marie Schubert told a news conference with Galt police.

| BELOW VIDEO | Watch the full press conference for the break in the cold Galt affair

Hultgren was found dead at her home on May 23, 1988, by two friends who had come to check on her after she lost her church, said Galt police chief Brian Kalinowski. He was strangled, stabbed and sexually abused, he said.

The medical examiner believed that the murder had taken place about two to five days before her body was found.

Hultgren was an active member of her church and the mother of two adult sons, one of whom has since died.

| ABOUT Stockton man thanks police for solving cold case of his mother’s murder in 1988

The murder happened shortly after her husband’s death and the last time one of her sons saw her alive was on Mother’s Day, Schubert said.

“He lived a mediocre life in every way,” he said. “Her church and her faith were important to her.”

Authorities have identified Hultgren’s killer as Terry Leroy Bramble. He was a resident of Galt for a long time and was never on the police radar until his death from natural causes. But his DNA was leaked from a sexual assault case in San Joaquin County that authorities hope to find out more about.

Progress in analyzing DNA evidence over the years has reached the point where what required a quarter-size sample may now be “less than a billionth the size of a Sweet’N Low package,” Schubert said.

Police are now investigating other jurisdictions to determine if they have anything in common with other cold cases in the area.

Schubert said Holtgren’s body was the “silent witness” who revealed her killer, although his motive is still unknown.

Schubert said the victim’s son wished the suspect was still alive so he could face justice.

“I wish this person was still alive so we could prosecute him and put him in jail,” he said. “But sometimes justice does not lead us that way.”

Hultgren’s 78-year-old son, Henry Hultgren, later told KCRA 3 that he was grateful to all those involved who helped resolve the case.

“Thank you all,” said Henry. “It’s one less cross I have to bear and it’s big, it always was.”

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