Robeson man charged in 1987 California rape and murder

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - A Robeson County man was charged Wednesday in the rape and killing of a woman that happened in San Diego in 1987, authorities said.

Grace Hayden, 79, was found dead in her home on May 20, 1987. Authorities said she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

A release from Robeson County District Attorney's Office states:

"On May 24, 2018, District Attorney Investigator Tony Johnson of the San Diego, California District Attorney's Office contacted Erich Hackney, District Attorney Investigator for the Robeson County District Attorney's Office, requesting assistance regarding a cold case he was reviewing. The crime occurred on May 20, 1987 in San Diego and involved the rape and murder of Grace Hayden who was 79 years old at the time.

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