Sandra Coke Body ID’ed: Old Boyfriend Could Be Suspect

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 14, 2013 Updated: August 15, 2013

A body found last week in a north California park was positively identified Wednesday as Sandra Coke, 50, a missing federal investigator.

Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson would not discuss the cause of Coke’s death at a press conference Wednesday, according to ABC News. 

Registered sex offender and Coke’s former boyfriend, Randy Alana, 56, may have a connection to the disappearance.

Alana and Coke were seen together on the day she disappeared, police said. He was arrested Aug. 6 on an unspecified parole violation.

A family friend, Laura Burstein, said Coke dated Alana more than 20 years ago. Another friend, Dan Abrahamson, said Alana recently reappeared in the area and reached out to Coke for help.

Alana was being held in the Santa Rita Jail without bail. He is considered a high-risk sex offender, with state records showing he has convictions for rape and kidnapping. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Coke disappeared after leaving her Oakland home shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 after reportedly telling her 15-year-old daughter she was meeting with someone who had found her missing dog.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.