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Biletnikoff’s Daughter Found Dead

February 17, 1999

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ A 23-year-old man was being held today on suspicion of murdering the daughter of NFL Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff.

Mohammed Haroon Ali, 23, was arrested in San Diego on Tuesday as he tried to drive across the border into Mexico, sheriff’s deputies said.

The body of his girlfriend, 20-year-old Tracey Biletnikoff, turned up on a hillside at quiet Canada College in San Mateo County.

Tracey Biletnikoff had disappeared early Tuesday after a friend called San Mateo police to report that she and Ali were involved in a domestic disturbance. Police were unable to find the couple.

Maintenance workers found her partially clothed body the next morning near an empty parking lot while picking up garbage.

``It was a homicide,″ San Mateo County sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Cody said.

Cody said Ali is on probation in San Mateo County. The San Francisco Chronicle reported he was convicted in 1995 for kidnapping a former girlfriend after she broke up with him.

U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped Ali in Ms. Biletnikoff’s car Tuesday night, he said. Deputies flew down to Southern California to bring him back to San Mateo County, Cody said.

Cody would not give details of the killing or say whether Ms. Biletnikoff had been sexually assaulted. Authorities said only that she appeared to have been beaten.

When asked whether she was a student at the community college, Cody said there was a connection but would not elaborate. She had been working as a drug counselor in San Mateo and had been dating Ali for some months, he said.

Tracey Biletnikoff’s brother said she had been living with their father in the east San Francisco Bay area and was a student at the College of San Mateo.

Fred Biletnikoff and his former wife, who lives in Southern California, were notified of their daughter’s death.

``They’re pretty devastated, as you would expect,″ Cody said.

Biletnikoff, 55, who has four other children, is in his ninth year as wide receivers coach with the Oakland Raiders. He played for the Raiders from 1965-78 and was MVP of the 1977 Super Bowl.

He was the team’s all-time leading receiver with 589 catches until Tim Brown broke that record two years ago.

``Our sympathy and prayers are with the Biletnikoff family,″ Raiders spokesman Mike Taylor said in a prepared statement.

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