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Detectives say they’ve solved 1976 cold case killing of Karen Klaas

Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, who lived at Balboa Peninsula Point in Newport Beach for about 40 years, recently moved near John Wayne Airport.
(Walter Urie)

Officials say the man who raped and killed Karen Klass in 1976 was shot and killed by police more than three decades ago.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Monday that investigators blame Kenneth Eugene Troyer for the slaying.

Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, was strangled with her pantyhose in her home.

McDonnell says investigators ran a forensic sample collected at the crime scene through a state database and found a familial match to identify a close male relative of Troyer’s.

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Police in California killed Troyer in 1982. Authorities say he was suspected of several other sexual assaults.

Investigators say they collected a DNA sample from the coroner and matched it to forensic evidence from the crime scene.

Medley says he always held out hope that investigators would find Klaas’ killer.


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