Cold case suspect found dead days after being ID'd

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A cold case murder suspect identified through fingerprint and DNA evidence was found dead days after learning that he'd been linked to the crime.

Police told The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1caiqan ) that 48-year-old Robert Hathaway hanged himself on Tuesday, four days after Fairfield police interviewed him about the killing and collected a DNA sample.

Hathaway was a suspect in the Aug. 31, 1983 murder and sexual assault of 40-year-old Priscilla Strole. The victim's 15-year-old son found Strole's body.

Police ran fingerprints and DNA from the crime scene through a new law enforcement database this year, and obtained a match for Hathaway, who was 17 at the time and a friend of the victim's son.

Hathaway in 1986 was arrested for burglary and his prints were entered into a database.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com