Hanson’s physique was located in a cornfield close to 87th Street and Modaff Highway nearly 50 a long time back, on July 8, 1972.
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Investigators said she experienced been sexually assaulted and stabbed 36 occasions. She was last witnessed leaving her dwelling on a bicycle, law enforcement claimed.
Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, of Mounds View, Minn., was arrested Wednesday and charged with initially-degree murder in relationship with the crime, according to Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. He appeared in court docket Friday adhering to extradition. Whelpley’s bond was set at $10 million.
Police said DNA was the key to determining Whelpley as a suspect. As a 27-calendar year-previous he lived about a mile from Hanson. 1 of his kin apparently utilised a business DNA services to investigate loved ones background, which helped Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick connection him to a modest sample of DNA from the criminal offense scene. Naperville police took it from there.
“Our section hardly ever in 5 decades gave up wanting for Julie’s killer,” Marshall mentioned.
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Marshall mentioned Hanson had borrowed her brother’s bike to go to a baseball activity that July day, but she in no way created it. She was described missing, and her bicycle was afterwards found on a gravel street near Knoch Knolls Road and 87th. Then officers observed her physique.
“This horrific crime has haunted this family members, this local community and this section for 49 many years,” Marshall said. “The investigation and ensuing rates were being really a workforce effort and hard work that spanned decades, and I could not be extra happy of the willpower and resourcefulness of our investigators, the two past and current, who never gave up on Julie.”
Hanson’s mothers and fathers are no longer alive, but her brother and sister ended up at the information conference and expressed their gratitude in a penned assertion.
Very last 12 months, Naperville officers introduced that they experienced checked the DNA from Bruce Lindahl, who died whilst fatally stabbing a different in Naperville in 1981, but that he was not a beneficial match for the Hanson scenario.
Lindahl’s murder of Pamela Maurer of Woodridge in 1976 was identical to that of Hanson, so officials desired to compare just in case, as authorities reported Lindahl experienced a number of victims.
Everyone with further data pertaining to the investigation is encouraged to call the Naperville Law enforcement Office at (630) 420-6665 and question for the Investigations Division.
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