Sheriff's office marks 40th anniversary of Dublin cold-case murder

Mother killed after surprising gunman who had tied up her kids

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office recently shined a spotlight on the 40th anniversary of the murder of Frances Rash at her home in Dublin, putting out a renewed call for information that could help investigators solve the cold-case homicide.

Rash returned to her Tory Way home unexpectedly around 9:25 a.m. on Jan. 2, 1979 to find an armed assailant inside and her two children tied up on the floor, according to investigators.

The 40-year-old woman was then taken to a bedroom and killed. Her children managed to free themselves, run to a neighbor's home and call 9-1-1, but the killer would escape, according to investigators.

Before the burglary, one of the children reported their home received two phone calls from a man claiming to be associated with Gemco, saying they were the winners of a recent prize drawing.

The suspect at the time was described as an Asian man between 26-30 years old, weighing 150-160 pounds and wearing shoulder-length hair, slightly tinted metal-framed glasses, an orange down jacket with zipper and dark pants, and carrying a brown attache case. Sheriff's officials re-released the original suspect sketch as part of a Twitter post on Jan. 2 to mark the anniversary of Rash's death.

Sheriff's officials often acknowledge cold-case homicide anniversaries on social media, along with the message, "Our victims are never forgotten." Anyone with pertinent information about the case can contact the sheriff's Cold Case Homicide Unit at 510-667-3661 or the anonymous tip line at 510-667-3622. Reference case No. 79-0054.

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