Go had jumped bail and left the country after his arrest on the 1986 offense, but he was caught on a routine immigration check when he tried to come back into the country via New York in 2004, Bunetta said. Go’s two and a half years in state prison ended about six weeks ago, he said.
Det. Mike Reilly was a rookie cop when he walked onto the scene of the Hoffschneider slaying, but he kept an interest in the case all through the years, Bunetta said. When Toronto police arrested Go, Reilly stood with them as a detective assigned to the case.
“He was always asking, ‘Do we have any new leads on this case here?’” Bunetta said. “Then the DNA hit came in and identified the suspect.”
Reilly could not be reached Thursday, since he was still in Canada.
A Los Angeles Times story in 1984 reported that Hoffschneider was found strangled on her bed in her apartment in the 16200 block of Parkside Lane, where she lived alone, after she failed to show up at her job as office manager at a medical supply business in Fountain Valley. She was 38.
The Times reported there were no signs of forced entry, but neighbors heard choking and screaming sounds for a few minutes the night she died. Her room had been ransacked.
Huntington Beach police said they linked Go to the slaying using DNA evidence and modern forensic techniques. Evidence kept from the scene of the crime was sent to the Orange Count Sheriff’s Department crime lab, where advances in technology made it possible to match the DNA to Go.
The Toronto police fugitive squad arrested Go at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Toronto police Staff Sgt. Paul MacIntyre said.
Go is scheduled to face extradition proceedings in Canada to bring him to the United States for prosecution. Because Go is a Canadian citizen, he could potentially fight extradition to the United States for a year or more, MacIntyre said. But if Go doesn’t resist, he could face charges in Orange County very soon, he added.
“It’s a lengthy process,” Orange County Dist. Atty. spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. “We’re working with the Canadian officials.”