SAN BERNARDINO – A convicted rapist who died in prison has been identified as a suspect in the 1985 murder of a Southern California woman, authorities said Monday.
Helen Brooks was found dead at her apartment in the Apple Valley town of Mojave Desert on July 5, 1985 after friends and colleagues said they had not heard from her for days.
San Bernardino County sheriff investigators learned that 37-year-old Robert Eugene Wortman had met Brooks in the days before her murder and had visited her home, the sheriff said in a statement.
“At the time, Wortman was interviewed by investigators, but he insisted he had no knowledge of Brooks’ murder and denied he had entered her apartment. At the time, investigators were unable to prove Wortman was involved in Brooks’ murder,” the statement said.
The cold case was reopened last year, and through “additional investigation and advances in DNA technology,” investigators identified Wortman as a suspect in Brooks’ murder, officials said. know.
Wortman had an extensive criminal history of sexual violence and died in prison in 1995 while serving a 22-year sentence for an unrelated rape case in San Bernardino County, according to the sheriff.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/24/man-who-died-in-prison-suspected-in-1985-killing-of-apple-valley-woman/ Man who died in prison in 1985 suspected of killing women in Apple Valley – San Bernardino Sun