VACAVILLE — Investigators searching for missing federal investigator Sandra Coke of Oakland converged Friday on Vacaville, searching two areas before announcing they had discovered the body of a woman.
There was no confirmation from law enforcement that the body was that of Coke.
Oakland Police Officer Johnna Watson said the body would be taken to the Solano County coroner.
It was found by Contra Costa County sheriff’s search and rescue teams, as crews searched for 50-year-old Coke.
The search for Coke was ended after the discovery, and authorities remained tight-lipped about what led dozens of local, state and federal investigators to the area.
Coke, a capital case investigator for the federal public defender’s office in Sacramento, was last seen Sunday in Oakland.
On Thursday, Oakland police identified Coke’s former boyfriend, Randy Alana, as a person of interest in the case. He and Coke were seen together Sunday, police said.
Police searched the area around Lake Chabot in Vallejo beginning Thursday night and into Friday. The search shifted to the area around Lagoon Valley Park midday Friday.
Alana, 56, of Oakland, a registered sex offender, was arrested Tuesday on an unspecified parole violation.
“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 come 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.
Dozens of Coke’s family and friends announced a $100,000 reward on Thursday for any information leading to her return.
“These last few days have been a living nightmare,” said her sister, Tanya Coke, who believes foul play may be involved.
Police found Coke’s 2007 Mini Cooper convertible on Monday, just a few blocks from her home. Her cellphones were discovered near Interstate 80 in Richmond and near the Oakland-Emeryville border.
As an investigator, Coke was assigned to probe capital cases that are appealed to federal court to ensure death sentences are fair.
Friday evening, officers had Cherry Glen Road blocked the front of the New Life Church building while California Department of Transportation workers moved the cones as emergency vehicles moved in and out of the scene.
Caltrans also blocked the exit ramp onto Cherry Glen from westbound I-80 and it was expected to remain closed until late Friday.
A number of agencies worked the scene through the afternoon, including the Oakland Police Department, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Vacaville Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Vacaville Police Department, city of Vacaville and Caltrans.
Mike Corpos contributed to this report. Reach him at 427-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.