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Suspect in 1984 murder of Huntington Beach woman apparently kills himself in Canada before extradition

May 14, 2010 |  3:21 pm

A man about to be extradited from Canada to face murder charges in Huntington Beach apparently committed suicide Thursday night in Toronto after learning his appeal to avoid extradition had been denied.

Gerald Su Go, 53, formerly of Torrance, was charged with murder in the November 1984 killing and attempted rape of Elizabeth Hoffschneider, 38, in her Huntington Beach apartment.

Her body was found the next day, according to a Huntington Beach police report. The case remained cold for 23 years.

In 2005, however, Go’s DNA was entered into the national DNA database stemming from an unrelated sexual assault case for which he was in prison. He was deported to Canada in 2007 after finishing his sentence in that case.

Meanwhile, Huntington Beach police had been re-investigating Hoffschneider’s death and obtained a DNA match linking Go to her killing six days after he was deported to Canada.

Huntington Beach detectives moved to have Go extradited. He appealed, and his appeal was denied Thursday.

He was found unconscious in his Toronto jail cell that night. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

--Sam Quinones