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Mitchell Lynn Bacom (Photo: Courtesy of the California Department of Justice)

Police here made the shocking announcement Monday night that they have solved one of the city’s most notorious cold-case homicides, the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier, who disappeared while babysitting her nieces more than 37 years ago.

It was a case that shook the community and continues to haunt longtime Antioch residents. The former police officers who investigated it rallied time and time again to keep the investigation going, and to make sure no one forgot Suzanne, even more than three decades after the homicide investigation went cold.

Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, will be charged with murdering Suzanne, according to county prosecutors. He was arrested Friday at his Antioch home without incident, police said. Bacom, a native of Knightsen, was a longtime suspect in the case. He was being held on charges of murder, kidnapping, rape and oral copulation.

“Justice may not have come swiftly as we may have hoped or liked,” Contra Costa DA Diane Becton said. “But we will continue to work diligently on these cases and hopefully justice will come.”

Police say Bacom was known to Suzanne’s family but wouldn’t elaborate how. They said he was identified as the killer through DNA evidence acquired in the case that was run through a federal database.

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