Idaho Man Arrested In 1981 Killing Of 6-Year-Old Boy In Pomona

POMONA (CNS/FOX 11) - Examination of "cold case'' DNA from a Anaheim child's murder 34 years ago has led to the jailing of a man in Idaho Saturday.

The boy was not identified by Pomona police Saturday, but the case details match news accounts about the 1981 disappearance of Jeffrey D. Vargo, 6. He had ridden his bicycle from the family home in Anaheim Hills to a nearby fireworks stand at 5:30 p.m. on July 2, 1981.

He never returned, and his parents two hours later found his bicycle in an alley near the stand, near Imperial Highway at Santa Ana Canyon Road.

The boy's lifeless body was found one day later by two construction workers, near 34 Edgebrook Drive in Pomona.

On Friday, Pomona police detectives were in Sandpoint, Idaho to assist local police and the FBI in the arrest of Kenneth Rasmuson, 53, of Sandpoint, said Pomona police Lt. Eddie Vazquez.

Members of the Sandpoint Police Department, the FBI, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office Crime Lab, the Bonner County, Idaho District Attorney's Office and the Anaheim Police Department assisted with the investigation and subsequent arrest of Rasmuson.

Rasmuson is jailed at the Bonner County Jail in Sandpoint. He will extradited back to Pomona, where he will face murder charges, Vazquez said.

In 1981, the Coroner's Office determined that the boy died of asphyxia as a consequence of strangulation. DNA evidence was collected, and 24 years later it led to Rasmuson, the police lieutenant said.

Pomona police detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the 1981 cold case murder to call them at (909) 620-2085.

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