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30 year old cold case solved!
« on: August 01, 2009, 08:08:27 PM »
It doesn't take long now to solve those old cold case murders, (and some of the unknown missing) thanks to DNA!!!!!  :)  wOOt wOOt
 In my mind, one of the best scientific discoveries in our life time Yah!!!!!!!!!  :)
Look out you old Geezers who have committed a past murder, start sweating, the boys and girls in Blue are coming for ya!!! You can run but no place to hide now!!!!!  :) 

Kidnapped and Slain': Charges 3 decades after deaths of US sweethearts who share grave site
Sat Aug 1, 2:59 PM

By Todd Richmond, The Associated Press
 

JEFFERSON, Wisconsin - Engraved beneath intertwined hearts that form a headstone at the grave site of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew are words that have haunted their small southeastern Wisconsin community for nearly three decades: "Kidnapped and Slain."

Hack was a farmer who drove a tractor nicknamed "The Lonesome Loser." Drew had just graduated from beauty school. Both 19, no one doubted they'd one day be married.

But two months after they vanished from an Aug. 9, 1980, wedding reception, searchers found the high school sweethearts' decomposed bodies in the countryside only a few miles (kilometres) from the reception hall, setting off a nearly 30-year mystery with few leads.

Until now. On Thursday, Wisconsin investigators armed with a DNA match arrested a 76-year-old man in Louisville, Kentucky, who had been a handyman at the reception site. Prosecutors have charged Edward W. Edwards with two counts of first-degree murder. He faces life in prison if convicted.

District Attorney Susan V. Happ declined to comment on what led investigators back to Edwards, saying only that new evidence had emerged since he was first questioned in 1980.

Drew's mother, Norma Walker, said she was shocked to hear the news from Jefferson County Sheriff Paul Milbrath. But instead of closure, the arrest has only ripped open old wounds, said Walker, now 70. She does not want to hear details and is dreading a trial.

"You hope this day would come, but now that it's here, it's really hard. Everything starts all over again. All the memories come back," she said. "He robbed me of my daughter, robbed me of Christmases, birthdays, weddings, everything families do together."

Edwards pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Saturday in Louisville. An officer pushed him into the hearing in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank. Edwards also had a cast on his left arm. He was held on $500,000 cash bond, and a judge scheduled a probable cause hearing for Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, Hack's father reported the couple missing on Aug. 10, 1980. They were last seen leaving the reception at the Concord House, a dance hall in Sullivan, a town about 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of Milwaukee, around 11 p.m. the night before.

David Hack found his son's car in the hall's parking lot, still locked with his son's wallet inside. Five days later, investigators found Drew's shredded pants, panties and bra in the road about three miles (five kilometres) from Concord House.

In October, hunters found Drew's body in the woods about eight miles (13 kilometres) from Concord House. Tim Hack's body was found in the same area the next day. A medical examiner found signs that Drew had been tied up and strangled, and her boyfriend had been stabbed.

Investigators learned Edwards was a handyman at Concord House and campgrounds next to the hall. Witnesses remembered Edwards had a bloody nose during the weekend the couple disappeared. He said he had hurt it deer hunting.

The complaint said Edwards and his family left Wisconsin in September 1980, shortly after detectives initially questioned him.

They interviewed Edwards again in June in Louisville.

He at first denied hearing anything about the couple going missing, the complaint said, but when detectives pressed him he said he had beers at the Concord House and may have seen the couple. He also said he had never been deer hunting.

Investigators took DNA from him then. Earlier this month, authorities said the state crime lab matched it to semen on Drew's pants.

Investigators arrested Edwards at his Louisville home Thursday without incident.

Hack's father, now 71, said all he wants to know now is why his son and his son's girlfriend were chosen.

"I'm glad it's over," David Hack said. "I don't know how you can't admit to it if the DNA matches."

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