A 40-year-old cold case murder in Rohnert Park, California, has seen a breakthrough with the arrest of 65-year-old Alfredo Carretero Jr. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced on Monday that Carretero has been taken into custody for the murder of Noelle Russo, whose naked body was discovered beaten to death on June 27, 1983.
The Violent Crime Investigations Unit (VCI) has been actively investigating Russo’s death since 1983, conducting numerous interviews and identifying multiple persons of interest over the years. However, no arrests were made until now.
Additional items of DNA analysis evidence were submitted to crime labs between 2010 and 2023. This evidence finally allowed the police to positively identify Carretero, one of the original persons of interest, as a true suspect in Russo’s murder. VCI detectives obtained a warrant for Carretero’s arrest, and on October 2, he was taken into custody in Lakeport.
Carretero has been booked into the Main Adult Detention Facility and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 18.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office expressed their dedication to justice for murder victims, whether the cases are new or old. The VCI Unit continues to investigate cold cases and relentlessly pursue justice for victims of violent crime.