A 65-year-old registered sex offender living in San Pedro was identified Friday as the suspect in the killing of a 20-year-old Wilmington woman found beaten to death at the bottom of a Palos Verdes Estates cliff more than 37 years ago.
Investigators said a match of DNA collected at the crime scene resulted in Thursday’s arrest of Robert Allan Yniguez, who is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Torrance Superior Court on a murder charge in connection with Teresa Broudreaux’s death.
“He was upset. I guess I’ll leave it at that,” sheriff’s homicide Detective Ralph Hernandez said.
Surfer finds body
A surfer discovered Broudreaux’s body at 6:30 a.m. March 4, 1980, on Malaga Cove Beach, about 100 yards north of Roessler Memorial Pool.
Broudreaux, a newlywed and mother of a 4-year-old daughter, was nude except for her knee socks. The rest of her distinctive clothes — including a jacket with the word “Loca” on the front and “Wilmington” on the back — were missing. She was five months pregnant, the same length of time she was married to her second husband, Ronnie Fematt.
Her purse was found nearby and taken as evidence.
Coroner’s officials determined she died from a massive skull fracture. Hernandez said Friday that investigators suspect the motive was sexual assault, although they cannot determine whether one actually occurred.
Broudreaux’s family last saw her alive the night before. She visited her sister, Angela Quinonez, after quarreling with her husband.
“She said, ‘I just came by to see what you were doing,’ and then she left,” Quinonez told the Daily Breeze at the time. “I never saw her again.”
After the killing, investigators said they suspected Broudreaux knew the person who killed her. They suspected she was killed at Malaga Cove, a spot she frequented with friends and her husband.