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Sex offender says he was to wed slain Bay Area investigator

DUBLIN — A career criminal and sex offender who was the last person to see a slain federal criminal investigator claims in a jailhouse interview with a reporter that the two planned to wed. The slain woman's family, however, says 56-year-old Randy Alana is lying.

A reporter for the Oakland Tribune talked to Alana at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he is being held on a parole violation. Alana said that he met Sandra Coke two decades ago while she investigated a murder case.

He denied harming her.

"We recently talked about getting married," Alana told the newspaper (http://bit.ly/1cXvC1j ).

Coke, 50, was last seen with Alana on Aug. 4, whom she briefly dated about 20 years ago, police and Coke's friends say. Search and rescue crews found Coke's body five days later in a woodsy area near Lagoon Valley Park in unincorporated Vacaville in Solano County.


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