Before the days of DNA testing, it was incredibly unlikely that a murder would be solved once the trail went cold.
And that was especially true if the trail was say, more than 35 years old.
But science has changed those outcomes, as evidenced by the Colorado Springs Police Department's recent arrest of a suspect in the 1976 murder of an Antlers Hotel maid.
It turns out, Janet Conrad may get justice after all. Here is the word from the police:
Following is a synopsis of the information leading to the arrest of 58 year old Robert Baillie (10/26/1954) for the 1976 murder of Mrs. Janet Conrad.
On December 3, 1976, at 5:57 p.m. the Colorado Springs Police Department received a telephone call from the Antlers Plaza Hotel located at 2 South Cascade Avenue reporting that an employee of the Antlers Hotel had been found dead in a 10th floor laundry room of the motel.
Upon arrival, officers located the deceased body of Janet K. Conrad, DOB: 04/23/38. An autopsy was conducted on December 4, 1976, and her manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Investigators collected numerous items of evidence during the investigation both from and around Mrs. Conrad. Both the Colorado Springs Police Department Laboratory and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations assisted in providing DNA analysis to solve this Cold Case Homicide.
Currently the suspect, Robert Baillie is incarcerated in the Colorado Department of Corrections, Fremont Correctional Facility located in Canon City, Colorado. He is currently serving a sentence for sexual assault and was eligible for parole in January 2014.
The work the Colorado Springs Police Department did that resulted in this arrest was funded by a federal grant. The Colorado Springs Police Department applied for and received federal funding to re-examine unsolved “cold” sexual assault and homicide cases. The $464,724 grant was awarded in 2009 from the National Institute of Justice under a program called “Solving Cold Cases with DNA”. The focus of re-examining cases under this grant has been identifying any biological evidence that could have DNA testing done to find a possible match with known offender DNA in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database.