Jo Cole, owner Western Gold, a coin and jewelry exchange at 7505 Greenback Lane, was killed in October 1994.
According to stories in The Bee, Cole, 52, was found slumped behind the counter of the store shortly after 5 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the head. No arrests were reported in the case.
Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said at the time that the shooting likely occurred during a robbery. They cited evidence that items and possibly money were taken from the store.
Sheriff’s officials said Cole always carried a gun on her hip and it was still holstered. That, along with an electronic door that was activated by the clerk, led investigators to believe that she was shot by someone who had gained her confidence or someone she knew.