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Crews Searching For Missing Investigator Find Body

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This image provided by the Oakland Police Department shows an undated booking photo of Randy Alana, 56. (AP Photo) This image provided by the Oakland Police Department shows an undated booking photo of Randy Alana, 56. (AP Photo)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in California found a woman's body on Friday in an area where investigators were searching for a missing federal investigator.

Oakland police said the body was discovered near Laguna Valley Park in Vacaville, where crews have been looking for 50-year-old Sandra Coke of Oakland.

Officer Johnna Watson said the body has not been identified and will be taken to the Solano County medical examiner.

Coke, a capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento, was last seen in Oakland on Sunday.

On Thursday, Oakland police identified Coke's former boyfriend, 56-year-old Randy Alana, as a person of interest in the case. He and Coke were seen together Sunday.

Alana, a registered sex offender, was arrested on an unspecified parole violation on Tuesday.

"We are looking at an angle to see if foul play was involved," Watson said.

Coke left her Oakland home shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday after reportedly telling her 15-year-old daughter she was meeting with someone who had found her missing dog.

Coke said she would be back in 30 minutes. Her daughter called police when her mother did not return home that night.

A family friend, Laura Burstein, said Coke dated Alana more than 20 years ago. Another friend, Dan Abrahamson, told KGO-TV, that Alana recently reappeared in the area and reached out to Coke for help.

Alana was being held without bail. He is considered a high-risk sex offender, with state records showing he has convictions for rape and kidnapping.

Earlier Thursday, dozens of Coke's family and friends announced a $100,000 reward for any information leading to her return.

"These last few days have been a living nightmare," Tanya Coke, her sister, said.

Police found Coke's 2007 Mini Cooper convertible on Monday, just a few blocks from her home and her cellphones were discovered near the Oakland-Emeryville border and near Interstate 80 in Richmond.

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