Cold Case: Man Arrested In Connection With Murder Of 13-Year-Old Girl In 1986

Jennifer Bastian [Tacoma Police Department]

EUREKA, IL — A man has been charged with the cold case murder of 13-year-old girl in Washington state, committed more than 30 years ago.

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Robert D. Washburn, 60, was arrested in connection with the killing of Jennifer Bastian in Tacoma, Washington, in 1986. Bastian left her home on August 4, 1986, at around 2:30 P.M. on her bicycle.

She left a note that said she’d return by 6:30 P.M., Tacoma police said in a statement.

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Jennifer was training for a bike tour, and reportedly planned to ride to Point Defiance Park. She was never seen again. Her strangled body was found on August 28 in an area near the park where several witnesses reported seeing her the on afternoon she disappeared.

Robert D. Washburn [Woodford County Jail]

Robert D. Washburn [Woodford County Jail]

Washburn was arrested in Illinois following a joint investigation by Illinois State Police and the Tacoma Police Department. Authorities report that he is currently being held at the Woodford County Jail, but that they plan to extradite him to Washington State.

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This is a developing story.

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Main photo: Jennifer Bastian [Tacoma Police Department]



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