An investigation conducted by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the Alameda Police Department and the Merced County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner's Office has closed a 30-year murder case of a woman who was discovered on the South Coast in 1992, authorities say.

In May, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office received word from the Merced County Coroner's Office that a local transient identified as Jon Paul had died in January. In order to locate the next of kin, the coroner took a fingerprint analysis, which matched prints belonging to Abraham Rivera, also known as Gregory Marc Riviera, who had been charged with murdering an Alameda woman 30 years ago.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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