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Washington police make arrest in 1998 cold case murder of teen found axed to death

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Police in Washington state have made an arrest in the murder of a teenager who was found axed to death 24 years ago. 

The body of 19-year-old Jennifer Brinkman was found in 1998 when her father returned to his Marysville, Washington, home from a vacation in California and discovered his daughter had been murdered with an ax, KCPQ-TV reported.

After 24 years, police say they have made an arrest in the cold case using DNA evidence and crediting the advances made in that technology over the years.

“The arrested suspect was one of several individuals detectives focused on through the years, and ultimately, the advancement of scientific DNA technology, including genetic genealogy, led to his arrest,” The Marysville Police Department said in a news release. 

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Police in Washington state have made an arrest in the 1998 cold case murder of Jennifer Brinkman

Police in Washington state have made an arrest in the 1998 cold case murder of Jennifer Brinkman
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Police did not identify the name of the suspect during a press conference on Tuesday but said he was a 52-year-old resident of Renton, Washington.

New York Post reported on Wednesday that the suspect arrested is Jeffrey Paul Premo and that he is being held at the Snohomish County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Police say Brinkman had been spending a “considerable” amount of time on telephone dating and chat lines as well as using library computers, which is how authorities believe she met the suspect.

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The Marysville, Washington, home where Jennifer Brinkman was found dead in 1998

The Marysville, Washington, home where Jennifer Brinkman was found dead in 1998
(KCPQ-TV)

Police added that they believe the suspect has been living in the east Puget Sound area since before the murder and that he left the ax at the scene of the crime.

“Solving this case has been at the top of the priority list of the Marysville Police Department for the past 24-plus years,” Marysville Police Chief Erik Scairpon said. 

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“We never gave up or put this on a shelf. It was continuously being investigated with the belief that we would one day be able to bring some level of closure for the family and justice for Jennifer.” 



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Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence awarded to Julie Otsuka, Ed Yong

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Novelist Julie Otsuka has strong memories of libraries from her childhood California — the bike rides with her best friend to the local branch; the soft, firm sound of librarians closing books; the shopping bags she and her friend would fill with science fiction and other stories.

“It seemed like I lived at the library,” she says. “I felt very free to explore there, and explore away from adult eyes.”

The library community also has warm feelings about Otsuka. Her novel “The Swimmers,” in which a group of swimmers collectively narrate their daily routines and what happens when those routines are disrupted, has won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a $5,000 honor presented by the American Library Association. Ed Yong’s “An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us” won the nonfiction medal, which also comes with a $5,000 cash prize.

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“Julie Otsuka proves herself a master of narrative voice, thrillingly balancing the incredible vitality of community life with the myriad challenges faced by individuals and families within that community,” Stephen Sposato, chair of the medals’ selection committee, said in a statement released Sunday.

Japanese-born U.S. author Julie Otsuka, above, has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Ed Yong won the same award for nonfiction. 

Japanese-born U.S. author Julie Otsuka, above, has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Ed Yong won the same award for nonfiction. 
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“And, standing out even during a recent golden age of nature writing, Ed Yong dazzles with a deeply considered exploration of the many modes of sensory perception that life has evolved to navigate the world, written with exhilarating freshness.”

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Otsuka, 60, has also written the novels “The Buddha in the Attic,” winner of the PEN/Faulkner award in 2011; and “When the Emperor Was Divine.” Her other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The 41-year-old Yong, a native of Malaysia who emigrated to the United Kingdom in his teens, is a staff writer for The Atlantic. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2021 for his reporting on the coronavirus pandemic. Like Otsuka, Yong was influenced early by libraries. “Strangely enough for indoor spaces, libraries for me were gateways to the natural world,” he told The Associated Press. “As a kid, I spent a lot of time reading books that expanded my knowledge — and love — of nature, and I can only hope that ‘An Immense World’ does the same for people today.”

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The Carnegie Medals were established in 2012, with help from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Previous winners include James McBride, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Matthew Desmond.



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Man accused of abuse by BBC broadcaster Nicky Campbell set to appear in court in South Africa.



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