Stanley David Grow (pictured) was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. as he exited the rear door of his home in the 3600 block of Gayle Way in North Highlands, according to a Police Department news release. He is accused of the 1988 slaying of Manuel Morales. Police said the arrest was based on DNA evidence.
At 2:17 a.m. Oct. 19, 1988, a Sacramento police officer was on patrol on 14th Avenue in the William Land Park area. While westbound on 14th Avenue from 19th Street, the officer saw an individual lying in the gutter wrapped in a blood-soaked sheet. The victim, later identified as 51-year-old Morales, had suffered multiple stab wounds and was declared dead at the scene.
During the initial investigation, homicide detectives learned that Morales was last seen the previous night driving his 1980 silver BMW and dropping off several female associates at their homes.
Officers found Morales' vehicle later on the same day that his body was discovered. Crime scene investigators processed the car and obtained a sample of what appeared to be blood, police said.
In July 2012, the California Department of Justice developed a DNA profile from evidence obtained in the case. The profile was submitted to be searched against the CAL-DNA Data Banks. The result was a hit in the Department of Justice's national DNA database of criminal offenders for Stanley David Grow, according to police.
On Tuesday, homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Grow. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail, where he is being held without bail.