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Found clothes not Zina’s, police say

Clothing recovered from a Parkland house during a police search last week did not belong to 12-year-old Zina Linnik, Tacoma police said Monday.

The search of a home occupied by Terapon Adhahn, prime suspect in Linnik’s abduction and slaying, yielded a girl’s undergarments, among other items.

“It doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the case,” said Chris Taylor, Tacoma police spokesman.

A warrant to obtain DNA evidence from Adhahn has been approved, Taylor said. Police hadn’t served it on Adhahn as of Monday afternoon. Adhahn is in federal custody at an immigration detention facility, detained on unrelated immigration violations.

Zina Linnik disappeared July 4 from behind her family’s home in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Information from Adhahn, provided by his attorney, led police to her body, which was found Thursday in East Pierce County.

Police expect prosecutors to file charges against Adhahn later this week, Taylor said.

Six detectives have been assigned to the case, which includes an inquiry into possible links between Adhahn and other unsolved cases of missing or slain children.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486