A man who died over 22 years ago was publicly identified on Monday, Aug. 9, as the suspected killer in a 1980 Newport Beach cold case. The killer was identified after investigators used DNA, and genetic genealogy, according to the Orange County Register.
Kenneth Elwin Marks was identified as the man that shot and killed Judith Nesbitt, 42, while showing him her family’s boat on Nov. 26, 1980, Newport Beach police said.
At the time of her murder, Nesbitt had lived in Irvine, California with her husband and their four children.
“Not knowing was very difficult with all of these years, of why someone would do something so horrible to such a beautiful person,” Nesbitt’s son, Steve Nesbitt, told reporters. “But it’s finally over.”
On the afternoon that she was killed, Nesbitt was showing the Felicidad IV to Marks, who she thought was a potential buyer, at Marina Dunes when he followed her inside the boat and attached her, according to a police report.
LA Times reported that Nesbitt had been shot once in the head and was left for dead.
Credit cards, a checkbook and cash that was missing pointed to robbery as a possible motive for the murder.