Suspect in 1986 murder case arrested in Illinois

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A suspect in in the 1986 killing of a young girl in Tacoma, Washington, has been arrested in Illinois.

Illinois State Police said in a statement they helped officers from Tacoma apprehend the suspect in the slaying of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian in Eureka, Illinois. No other details were given.

The News Tribune reports that Bastian disappeared Aug. 4, 1986, after she went for a bike ride in Point Defiance Park. Her body was found two weeks later.

At a press conference Thursday, Tacoma Police didn’t name the suspect, but said he was from out of state. He’ll be transferred to Pierce County Jail to face charges.

Bastian was training for a bike tour in the San Juan Islands in Washington state and took her new Schwinn bicycle to the park.