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Pistol may have been used in ’82 murder

AUBURN ” Investigators are hoping a recently found pistol could be the missing link in the upcoming murder trial of a former Auburn sheriff’s deputy.

Paul Kovacich is accused of killing his wife, Janet Kovacich, 26 years ago, when she disappeared.

A skull fragment with a gunshot wound was found in 1995 in Rollins Lake. Two years ago, a DNA test of the bone identified it as being the remains of Janet Kovacich.

The current owners of the gun said it was a gift from another officer a few years ago and has been in a locked case.

The young mother formerly lived in Lake of the Pines. On the day she disappeared, she had an appointment with Forest Lake Christian School on Combie Road, where she had planned to enroll the couple’s two children. She never arrived, and Auburn police allowed Paul Kovacich a few days to search for his wife before getting involved.

A Placer County civil grand jury indicted Kovacich in 2006.

The Union staff contributed to this report.

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