Sandra Coke Update: Body found near Calif. park identified as missing federal investigator, police say

Sandra Coke in an undated photo.
AP Photo/Courtesy of the Coke Family
Sandra Coke in an undated photo.
AP Photo/Courtesy of the Coke Family

(CBS) OAKLAND, Calif. - Authorities say a body found near a Northern California park last week is that of Sandra Coke, a missing federal investigator.

Oakland police identified the remains as those of 50-year-old Sandra Coke of Oakland on Tuesday.

Search and rescue crews found the body in a wooded area near Laguna Valley Park in unincorporated Vacaville on Friday afternoon.

Coke worked as a capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento. She was last seen in Oakland days earlier.

Oakland police have identified Coke's former boyfriend, Randy Alana, as a person of interest in the case. Police say he and Coke were seen together on Aug. 4.

Coke left her Oakland home shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday after reportedly telling her 15-year-old daughter she was meeting with someone who found her missing dog and that she would be back in 30 minutes.

Her daughter called police when her mother did not return home that night.

A family friend, Laura Burstein, said Thursday that Coke dated Alana more than 20 years ago. Another friend, Dan Abrahamson, told KGO-TV that Alana recently reappeared in the Bay Area and reached out to Coke for help.

Complete coverage of the Sandra Coke case on Crimesider

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