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The murder shook the town.
“I remember it vividly,” said City Councilman Hal Cole. “It changed our little mountain town forever.”
“We were a small town. We didn’t lock our cars. Some of us didn’t lock our houses,” Cole added. “That kind of made us realize we were not as isolated as we thought.”
In 2007 Cole was a member of the City Council that voted to allocate special funds to the Police Department to continue the investigation into Swanson’s murder.
“I always felt uncomfortable knowing that this was never solved and that the family never knew who did it,” Cole said.
Sanford has been booked into Sacramento County Jail. Bail has not been set.
Specific details of the crime and investigation are not being released at this time, according to the statement.