BCSO makes arrest in cold case

Man charged in 1991 killing of 29-year-old Tracy Zandstra

After a decades-long investigation, a man has been arrested and charged with killing a Stirling City woman in the early 1990s, according to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Tracy Zandstra, 29, was reported missing in November 1991. At the time, she was living with Richard Pyle, “with whom she was romantically involved,” according to BCSO.

During the investigation, detectives uncovered evidence that Zandstra had been killed and her body, which has still not been found, disposed of. Detectives arrested Pyle (pictured), now 55, in Stockton last Thursday (Aug. 15), where he was listed as a transient by local police. His bail has been set at $1 million.