Has the brutal murder of Mandy Stavik finally been solved, 30 years after she was raped and killed?
The report als confirmed that Bass is yet to enter a plea bargain and does not have a lawyer who can comment on his behalf. He faces a possible life sentence for his crime and is being held on a $1 million bail
Reports state that investigators in Washington have confirmed that they have cracked a 30-year-old cold case. They have arrested a 50-year-old man in connectio with the 1989 rape and murder of 18-year-old college freshman Amanda "Mandy" Stavik.
Bill Elfo, the Whatcom County Sheriff, said in a statement that DNA taken from Stavik’s remains matched Timothy Bass, who has now been charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said that the count against him includes rape and kidnapping. (The statute of limitations on those standalone crimes has expired in Stavik’s case, People magazine reported)
The report als confirmed that Bass is yet to enter a plea bargain and does not have a lawyer who can comment on his behalf. He faces a possible life sentence for his crime and is being held on a $1 million bail.
November 24, 1989, was a tragic day for one particular family. Amanda Stavik was home for the Thanksgiving holidays from Central Washington University. She took the family dog and went out for a walk.
The dog returned, but there was no sign of Stavik.
According to the sheriff's statement, a woman's body was found washed up in the south fork of the Nooksack River. Authorities believe at this point that she may have drowned.
The investigation into what happened to Stavik "has remained a top priority for the Sheriff’s Office," according to Elfo.
When Stavik went missing decades ago, Elfo said that Timothy Bass lived not far from her home. Bass "emerged" as a suspect only "in recent years".
According to authorities, the DNA match was a crucial part of the arrest on December 13. "The laboratory determined that the match probability was 1 in 11 quadrillion," Elfo said.
According to the Bellingham Herald, who referenced court records, Bass had told the authorities he had absolutely no contact with Stavik. Later, he claimed that they had consensual sex just before she went missing.
"At the time of her murder, Mandy was a bright young first-year student at Central Washington University and well known in the east Whatcom County community,” Sheriff Elfo told PEOPLE.
"She had graduated from Mount Baker High School earlier in the year. She would have celebrated her 46th birthday this year,” he continued. “Her brutal murder rocked the community and she is still well remembered by many. We hope that this arrest will help bring closure to Mandy’s family and the community."
According to the Bellingham Herald, Bass does not have a criminal history in Washington but court records show that his wife accused him in 2010 of abuse and said he watched TV shows about cold cases.
At one point he allegedly said, "I wouldn’t get caught because I’m not that stupid. It would be easy to get away with it."
The investigation remains ongoing, according to Elfo.
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