Teen arrested in rape, killing of Modesto care home resident

February 8, 2019 GMT

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Police in central California have arrested teenager in the 2017 murder and rape of a woman who lived at a mental health facility and was attacked while taking a walk.

The Modesto Bee reports detectives Thursday arrested 18-year-old Seth Becknel in the killing of 41-year-old Jenny Wu.

Police say Wu had been reported missing the evening before her killing from nearby Modesto Residential Living Center, a mental health facility. Investigators believe she was out for a walk when she was attacked.


Her body was found the next morning in an alley. She had been asphyxiated.

Detectives collected DNA as part of their investigation and recently got a match from the Department of Justice Crime that, along with other evidence, led to the Becknel’s arrest.

It was not immediately clear if Becknel has retained an attorney.


Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com