Sacto 9-1-1
March 21, 2012
Suspect arrested in 1996 slaying of teenage girl in south Sacramento

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has arrested a suspect in the slaying of a teenage girl in south Sacramento 16 years ago.

Sheriff's homicide detectives today served an arrest warrant on Terry Glen Short, 41, who was located in Nevada where he is in custody on unrelated charges, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. Short is expected to be extradited to Sacramento County, where he will be formally charged with one count of homicide, officials said.

In February 1996, the Sheriff's Department investigated the death of Jessica Sanchez, 13, whose body was found in Florin Creek Park along Persimmon Avenue. Evidence suggested that she had been sexually assaulted and shot in the upper body. As time passed, leads in the case were exhausted and the investigation grew cold, officials said, but a DNA profile of the suspect was established.

Near the end of of 2011, homicide detectives received information that DNA evidence linked Short to the crime. After further investigation, detectives secured an arrest warrant for Short.

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