A 21-year-old man has been convicted of murder and attempted rape in the death of Sarah Goode, the young Medford mother who vanished after attending a party in June 2014 and was found in the woods five days later.
Dante Taylor, of Mastic, faces life imprisonment without parole when he is sentenced next month. The jury deliberated three days before convicting him.
Goode, a 21-year-old medical technician with a then-4-year-old daughter, went to a party June 7, 2014, and never came home. Her body was found June 12 less than a mile from her home; she had been stabbed 42 times.
Taylor was initially arrested on an unrelated rape charge from 2011 that was developed during the investigation into Goode's murder, officials said, and then charged with the murder of Goode.
Goode's sister Elizabeth DeMuria says the young mother didn't know her accused attacker. Police have not said whether there is any connection between the two.