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A man arrested in a 1987 cold case after investigators sifted through a public genealogy website to match crime scene DNA has been charged with two counts of first degree murder.
The charges were brought Friday against trucker William Talbott, 55, in a Washington state court. Prosecutors announced his arrest last month in the Nov. 19, 1987, deaths of 20-year-old Jay Cook and 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg.
Cook was beaten with rocks and strangled. Van Cuylenborg was shot “execution style,” the Everett Herald reported. She was also raped.
“From all available information, these acts of violence were as random as they were savage,” Snohomish County prosecutor Craig Matheson said in court documents, the paper reported.
Van Cuylenborg and Cook were killed after traveling to Seattle from Saanich, British Columbia, to buy furnace parts for a business that Cook’s father owned.