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Family offers $10,000 reward in stabbing death of young woman 37 years ago

Robin Gisela Brooks
Robin Gisela Brooks Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who killed a young woman 37 years ago in Sacramento County.

The case involves the death of 20-year-old Robin Gisela Brooks, whose body was found in her apartment bedroom April 24, 1980.

Her family has made the offer of a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for Brooks’ murder.

Brooks had recently moved into the complex and was scheduled to work that day at the Donut Time on Kiefer Boulevard. When she failed to show up for her 4 p.m. shift, friends and co-workers went to her apartment and knocked on her door numerous times.

Receiving no response, they forced entry to the apartment and found Brooks dead in her bedroom, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

According to a Sacramento Bee story in 1980, she was found face down in a pool of bloody water on a waterbed that apparently was cut by the killer.

During an autopsy, a pathologist determined that Brooks had been sexually assaulted, then stabbed to death. The killer apparently cut himself during the assault and his DNA profile has been uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System database. To date, no match has been made.

Sheriff's investigators and Brooks’ family are asking anyone with information regarding the case, including knowledge of Brooks’ acquaintances, to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews