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Lodi man arrested in 1989 cold case murder

A Lodi man has been arrested for the murder of Santa Ana woman in June 1989.

Douglas Gregory Gutridge, 63, was questioned about 35-year-old Carla Salazar's death in the initial murder investigation but Santa Ana police detectives did not have sufficient information to make an arrest, according to the Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force.

In 2008, Santa Ana cold case investigators submitted forensic evidence from the crime to the county crime lab and male DNA evidence was identified. Later that year, the detectives obtained DNA evidence form Gutridge.

This past July, the unsolved murder was taken over by the Orange County task force. The task force re-interviewed witnesses and Santa Ana detectives from 1989 and re-examined the evidence. From that, they obtained a murder charge for Gutridge.

The suspect was interviewed and arrested at his Lodi home on Dec. 9. His bail was set at $1 million,. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 2 in Santa Ana jail.