A murder that took place more than four decades ago has finally been solved by police in Miramar, Florida (USA), thanks to technological advances in DNA analysis.
According to the US newspaper New York Post, Ronald E. Richards, 75, was indicted by the jury on charges of sexual assault and murder of Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth on January 22, 1980. He is currently in prison in Ohio.
Richards, lived just 12 houses away from Evelyn in an area of trailers for housing. Previously, he was one of the main suspects in the case, but the police never found enough evidence to make an arrest. This situation has changed with the use of genetic material analysis technology.
There was blood at the crime scene, but not much. Now, tests have managed to link the suspect to the crime.
“Due to advances in DNA technology and the diligence and hard work of Detective Johnathan Zeller, Ronald Eugène Richards has been indicted for sexual assault and murder,” Tania Rues, a spokeswoman for the Miramar Police Department, said in a statement. “We’re one step closer to [obter] justice for Evelyn.”
The man was convicted in 1982 and sentenced to 50 years in prison for the count of separate murder and sexual assault in Volusia County in March 1980, according to Florida Department of Corrections records.
At this time, Richards is currently in jail in Ohio for other crimes. Evelyn’s murder was considered by authorities to be the longest running cold case in the history of the Miramar Police Department.