Police: Body Found in Vacaville Belongs to Missing Investigator

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Authorities Can’t Say if Body Found in Vacaville is Missing Federal Investigator

Sandra Coke (Courtesy: Coke family)


The body discovered in Vacaville’s Lagoon Valley Park has been identified as missing federal investigator Sandra Coke.

Coke, who lived in Oakland but worked in Sacramento, was reported missing by her family Sunday. She reportedly had gone to meet someone about her missing dog.

Randy Alana, a former boyfriend of Coke’s, was named a person of interest by police. Investigators say she and Alana were recently seen together.

Coke had worked for the Federal Defender’s Office since 2009 as a Capital Habeas Investigator, according to a release from the office. Her work helped the office’s efforts with inmates on California’s death row.

“Sandra was known and will be remembered for her unrelenting and dedicated investigation. Just recently, while in our office, Sandra’s work contributed to our successful effort to overturn a wrongfully obtained 2001 Sacramento County murder conviction, giving our client a new trial,” the Federal Defender’s office wrote in a statement.

Previously, Coke had worked with the California Appellate Project, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and as a private investigator.


Ian McDonald and Cecilio Padilla contributed to this story.


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