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Police "confident" Golden State Killer suspect is Visalia Ransacker

VISALIA, Calif. - A name Visalia Police say, never came up in their investigations.

"As I stand here today, I'm confident the Visalia Ransacker's been captured," Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said. 

Now, a name they'll become very familiar with, as Visalia officials work to tie suspect James Joseph DeAngelo, to the Ransacker's crimes.

Police confirming DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, at the same time the Visalia Ransacker was active.

"We were like, 'Oh my gosh, this is crazy, like how did we not know any of this was going on'" Visalia resident Michelle Goans said? 

Goans and her boyfriend live in the house where the Visalia Ransacker tried to kidnap a teen girl, then shot and killed her father, Claude Snelling. Snelling was a College of the Sequoias professor, in the 1970s.

"It's very surreal, you don't expect to find anything like that out," Goans said. "You find a house, you love the house, you move into the house and then, and then you find out there's a weird history with the house."

Officials Wednesday promising to persist in this case.

"To finally have some answers, hopefully bring some justice and closure to those who've been victimized by him, and the ability to move forward with justice," Salazar said.

Officials say they'll be checking the evidence they do have like fingerprints and speaking with witnesses.

They've set up a tip hotline for anyone who may have known DeAngelo or have more information.

That number is: (559) 713-4132. 

Reporting in Visalia, Megan Rupe. 


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