SPD Detectives ID Suspect in 1986 Homicide

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Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285


Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:35 a.m.


Spokane Police detectives have identified a suspect in the 1986 homicide of Ruby Doss. The suspect has been identified as former Pasco Police officer Richard J. Aguirre.  Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are asking any women who may have been assaulted by Aguirre, or anyone with information relating to the Doss homicide, to contact SPD Major Crimes detectives at 509.622.5849.

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives have recently developed suspect information in the homicide of 27-year-old Ruby Doss, who was found strangled near the intersection N. Fiske St. and E. Ferry Ave. in Spokane in 1986.

Richard J. Aguirre, a former officer with the Pasco Police Department, was recently identified as a suspect in the case through a DNA profile match.

Aguirre is currently being investigated for an unrelated alleged sexual assault, which occurred in the Tri-Cities area in 2014. He was placed on administrative leave from the Pasco Police Department and recently resigned. As part of the sexual assault investigation his DNA was collected and submitted to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). His DNA profile matched the DNA profile collected from the 1986 Doss homicide.

Investigators are asking women who may have been assaulted by Aguirre or anyone with information related to the Doss homicide to contact Spokane Police Department Major Crimes detectives at 509.622.5849.



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