Suspect Comes Forward in 1998 Cold Case

October 9th, 2017 - 8:16am

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Nicole Cruz
Office of the Superintendent/President
(415) 485-9508

Suspect Comes Forward in 1998 Cold Case

KENTFIELD / NOVATO, CA--October 9, 2017--On October 28, 1998, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Marin Community College District (MCCD) were notified of an unconscious male in a homeless encampment. MCSO and MCCD Police Department responded to the ecology area near Corte Madera Creek on the District's property in Kentfield. The male was declared deceased by campus police officers who arrived at the scene. An investigation began, and Gary Wild was identified as a one of several transient suspects. However, because there were no obvious signs of trauma to the victim, the death was not classified as a homicide by the Coroner’s Office and the case was closed.
On October 7, 2017, Wild contacted the San Rafael Police Department and stated he was responsible for the death of the victim. MCSO transported the suspect to the Sheriff’s Office and reopened the investigation with the MCCD Police Department. During this investigation, Wild confessed to the October 28, 1998, killing of the victim and was booked into the Marin County Jail for homicide on October 8, 2017.

Details of the 1998 Incident

Incident: Homicide
Date: October 28, 1998
Time: 2300 hours
Location: College of Marin ecology area, near the Corte Madera Creek
Suspect: Gary Wild, date of birth August 10, 1960
Victim: Name withheld pending notification to next of kin regarding updated cause of death

Questions may be directed to MCCD Chief of Police Jeff Marozick at (415) 485-9467.