Solano Sheriff’s office reopens 1984 cold case investigation after identifying victim

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The Solano County Sheriff’s Office has identified a 1984 cold case victim thanks to new age DNA testing and has reopened the investigation.

Sheriff deputies were called June 7, 1984, to the Sacramento deep water shipping channel on the eastern edge of the county. A body was discovered on the rocks during low tide.

The person was in moderate stages of decomposition. The body was only identified as an average-size male and listed as a John Doe.

The body remained unidentified for 38 years until this month when detectives and forensics staff were able to positively identify the man as Norman Creech of Sacramento. Creech was reported as a missing person from Sacramento County in November 1983. He had disappeared under suspicious circumstances from his apartment on the 3000 block of Bell Street in Sacramento, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

The Sheriff’s Office is now looking for assistance in the case.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Creech is asked to contact Detective Charles Olmstead at 707-784-7055 or at

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