55°
Cloudy
TUE
 84°
 54°
WED
 84°
 56°
THU
 84°
 56°
FRI
 87°
 58°
SAT
 90°
 57°

Last hours to vote for the Best of Sonoma County finalists! Don't miss out!

Investigator found dead in Bay Area creek bed was strangled

  • This undated photo provided by the Coke family shows Sandra Coke. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Coke Family)

OAKLAND — Alameda County Coroner's officials say a federal criminal investigator whose decomposed body was found in a dry creek bed in Northern California was strangled.

The Oakland Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1gDDibI) the official cause of Sandra Coke's death was asphyxia and compression of the neck. Coroner's officials did not say how long they believe she had been dead before her body was discovered.

Prosecutors have charged Coke's former boyfriend, 56-year-old Randy Alana, with murder. Alana, a convicted felon, is accused of killing the 50-year-old Coke and stealing her car and account information in August.

Police have said Coke and Alana dated briefly about 20 years ago. Coke was an investigator with the Sacramento branch of the Federal Public Defender's Office.

She vanished after leaving her Oakland home Aug. 4. Her body was found five days later.

___

Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View