In the early morning hours of January 15, 1979, the brutally murdered body of Virginia Correa was found lying on the side of a remote rural road in unincorporated East San Jose. A passing motorist, who called the Sheriff’s Office, spotted the body of Mrs. Correa, a mother of two.
Detectives determined that Mrs. Correa had been raped and stabbed multiple times. Over the next several months, detectives exhausted all available leads until the case went cold.
Over the next 27 years, Sheriff’s detectives revisited the case numerous times with no further leads. With the advent of advanced DNA screening, detectives submitted the available evidence and a DNA profile matching an “unknown male offender” was developed. This DNA profile was entered into the California Department of Justice DNA database (CODIS), where it sat dormant for several years.
On Sept. 22, 2006, the Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Santa Clara County Crime Lab that they had received a “CODIS hit” from the California Department of Justice. Testing showed that Timothy William Brown, 54, a long time Santa Clara County resident, was a positive DNA match.
On Monday, September 25, the District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Brown, who was serving his last day of a five-month parole violation at Corcoran State Prison. Brown was arrested at Corcoran and subsequently transported to the Santa Clara County jail where he was booked.
Anyone with information concerning this case is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Cold Case Detective Ron Breuss at 808-4500.