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Northern California man pleads no contest to rape-murder of 17-year-old girl in 1986


REDWOOD CITY, California — A Northern California man has pleaded no contest to raping and killing a 17-year-old girl whose body was dumped in a roadside ravine in 1986.

Fifty-three-year-old John Kelley of Placerville entered a plea Thursday in San Mateo County to first-degree murder that occurred during rape and sodomy.

He's facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence linked Kelley to the death of Annette Thur of Ben Lomand. The teenager vanished while hitchhiking home from a party in Boulder Creek in December of 1986.

She was strangled or suffocated and dumped in San Mateo County, where a hiker discovered her body.

Cold-case investigators matched DNA evidence to Kelley's DNA, which was on file because he was convicted of raping a woman in Eureka a decade ago.

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