PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
February 13, 2004
Subject: Two Homicide Cases Over 22-Years Old Solved Through DNA Testing
The San Francisco Police Department is announcing the solving of two homicide cases over 22-years old through advanced DNA testing.
On July 31, 1979, Laura Stanton, age 27 was driving home to the MarinaDistrict in SF, but never arrived. Her dead body was found the next day behind what was then the SirFrancisDrakeSchool at 350 Harbor Road. She had been kidnapped, sexually assaulted and brutally beaten to death. In 1987, Homicide Inspectors originally assigned to the case contacted suspect Kenneth Crain as part of their investigation, but due to the limits of technology at the time, were unable to charge him with the murder of Laura Stanton. Due to the tenacity of now retired Inspector Frank Falzon, who contacted the Homicide Division in October 2002 and requested a review of the case and the evidence with specific attention paid to DNA analysis using current techniques and technologies, a match was made, via the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database, to suspect Kenneth Crain, now 48. Criminalist Matthew Gabriel of the Crime Lab developed a DNA profile of Crain and matched it to evidence provided by the SF Medical Examiner’ s office, which was recovered at the autopsy. Today, February 13, 2004, an arrest warrant was issued charging Crain with the murder of Laura Stanton. Crain is currently in State Prison in California for unrelated sexual assault charges and was scheduled to be released in two weeks. For further information on this case, please contact Lt. Hennessy of the Homicide Detail at 415-553-1501.
On November 26, 1981, Annie Barcelon, age 24 went to a Thanksgiving party with her roommate. When Barcelon and her roommate returned to their home in the Park Merced area, Barcelon’s roommate needed to use the restroom and asked to be let out while Barcelon parked the vehicle. Barcelon’ s roommate arrived at their residence, but Barcelon never arrived home. The roommate became concerned and called the police. Police conducted a search and located Barcelon’s body on November 27, 1981,under a stairway in the basement of their building. Barcelon had been raped and strangled. The same DNA analysis used in the above case was conducted on evidence provided by the SF Medical Examiner’s office which was recovered at the autopsy and a match was made, via CODIS, to suspect Lance E. Ford, now 47. Ford is currently in State Prison in Oregon for unrelated sexual assault charges. Today, February 13, 2004, an arrest warrant was issued charging Ford with the murder of Annie Barcelon. Ford was scheduled to be released from prison on February 20, 2004.
For further information on this case, please contact:
Inspector Silas of the Homicide Detail at 415-553-9685.