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April 13, 2011

What's in a name? It may link Calif, NY cold cases

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. —

Nevada and California authorities declined to release any details about the victims or their cases out of concern that it would compromise the ongoing investigation.

However, death records show Tafoya was 31 when she was killed. Parsons was a 38-year-old waitress whose body was found on a Marysville road, according to news archives.

Naso's criminal history dates back to 1955 and his convictions are mostly related to petty thefts, authorities said.

Public records show Naso, a New York native, has listed California addresses in Sacramento, Piedmont, Oakland, San Francisco and Yuba City, in the past, along with a residence in Minneapolis. Investigators believe he moved to Reno in the mid-1990s, Perry said.

"The person has traveled around the country, has been engaged with law enforcement across the country, so we suspect — and have to suspect — that any cases that may emerge in the future have a rather long potential list of states that may been impacted," said Washoe County, Nev., Sheriff Mike Haley, who helped launch the task force.

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Sonner reported from Reno, Nev. Associated Press writer Ben Dobbin in Rochester, N.Y., and researchers Judith Ausuebel and Monika Mathur in New York contributed to this report.

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