Killer in 1988 slaying of 10-year-old Christine Cole in custody

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Justice is finally here for the mother of Christine Cole, a 10-year-old girl who disappeared on January 6th, 1988 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Christine Cole –

Christine went three blocks from her mother’s apartment and to the store to grab a gallon of milk but never came back home.

Fifty-six days later, the body of Christine Cole washed up on Conimicut Point in Warwick; both her mother and stepfather identified her by her clothes.

There was also someone else’s blood on her jeans.

Now three decades later and Joao Monteiro (28 at the time) was arrested Wednesday for the murder of the 10-year-old.

Joao Monteiro has been arrested without bail for the murder of 10-year-old Christine Cole.

[su_highlight background=”#fcff35″]POLICE HAD THE BEST HAND[/su_highlight]

It all started last November the Pawtucket Police Department put out playing cards that each feature a cold case.

The Queen of Hearts, Christine Cole –

The idea is to ‘spark’ someone’s memory of a case when they see a specific card, and Christine Cole’s case was the first success so far.

As for the blood found on Christine Cole’s jeans in 1988?

Police traced the DNA through Monterio’s son, who submitted his DNA before serving time for conspiracy and possession of a “stolen motor vehicle or parts.”

At the time of the murder, Joao Monterio lived at 78 Slater St. in Pawtucket apartment directly above Saints Market, where Christine went to buy milk that day.

[su_highlight background=”#fcff35″]JUSTICE NEVER SMELLED SO SWEET![/su_highlight]


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