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1986-1987 Pasco murders: Slayings up to 13

Tuesday night's multiple slaying brings to 13 the number of murders that have occurred in Pasco during 1986 and 1987.

Pasco police are still seeking suspects and clues in a number of them. The dead include:

- Robert McDonald, 40, a Richland carpenter whose body was found in February 1986 floating in the Pasco boat basin. McDonald bad been beaten to death and sexually assaulted.

- A murder that occurred near the Top Hat restaurant in downtown Pasco. Warrants have been issued in the case, but the suspect has not been arrested.

- Guiermo ''Tony'' Santana, who was shot to death in the parking lot of Javier's Taqueria on the night of Nov. 11, 1986. Police suspect the slaying was done by a Jessie Larios, who has not been found.

- Clarence Lavon Allen, 34, who was shot in the face and then severely cut when he staggered through a window at the Arbor Elm housing complex. Police have issued a warrant for suspects in the case, but none have been arrested.

- Salvador Suno, 25, also known as Frank Rodriguez, who was shot twice at the La Fonda Restaurant on Dec. 7, 1986. A warrant has been issued for the Mexican suspected in the case, but he has not been arrested.

- Eddie Davis, 28, who was found April 13 in a field south of Pasco with 13 bullet wounds in his body.

Police have said they suspect drugs may have played a part in Davis' death. The victim was apparently taken by car to a field south of A Street and was shot as he attempted to flee. Davis' killer shot him nine times as he lay on the ground.

- Pasco police were told that Hispanic men killed Davis, but no suspects have been arrested. Pasco restaurant owner Hector Garcia-Gallardo, who was stabbed to death in May by an employee. Austraberto Gonzales Padilla was sentenced Oct. 2 to 20 years in prison.

- Tracy Smith, 21, a Pasco woman who was found stabbed and lying near a reservoir northeast of the Tri-City Airport.

Detectives have investigated a possible link with several murders and rapes in the Yakima area, but no arrests have been made. In the Yakima cases, women were abducted from the downtown area and taken to an area near the Sunnyside Dam, where they were sexually assaulted and stabbed.

John Bill Fletcher, 21, has been charged with rape, robbery and assault in Yakima. Investigators have said they are waiting for labs to process evidence that may connect Fletcher to the Pasco case.

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