Sixty-four-year-old Patrick Zamora was charged on February 11, 2021, in two sexual assaults that took place in Calgary, Alberta.
Both assaults took place on the campus of the Foothills Medical Centre in the early morning hours.
The first occurred on June 16, 1981, when a 21-year-old nursing student was returning to her residence at the hospital when she was attacked and sexually assaulted.
The second took place on July 1, 1981, when a lab technician was leaving work. Both women were attacked in the hospital parking lot, dragged into nearby bushes, and violently sexually assaulted.
The FGG investigation was conducted by Convergence Investigative Genealogy using DNA collected from the victim’s sexual assault kits (SAKs). The initial confirmation was made through police surveillance of Zamora, followed by the surreptitious sampling of a cigarette butt he had tossed from the window of his vehicle.
Zamora pled guilty to charges of rape and choking the second victim, and rape of the first victim on November 9, 2021, in the court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. He received a sentence of 5 years and three months. He has no prior criminal record.
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