Cold Case Heats Up After 40+ Years As Arrest Made

Cold Case Heats Up After 40+ Years As Arrest Made

( – According to a Fox News December 18 report, authorities said that a man from the Thumb region of Michigan was arrested in relation to a homicide in 1980. The victim’s corpse was found in the State Game Area of Beard Hills’ wood section. Two hunters found her body with a shot in her head, with police officers determining that she was killed “in cold blood.”

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office said that the suspect is a 70-year-old man named Douglas Laming and noted he was arrested in connection with the slaying of Karen Umphrey. The office also pointed out that Laming, who is from Fort Gratiot, was arraigned on a felony murder charge.

Umphrey was only 21 years old when authorities found her body on November 2, 1980. Public information officer for the sheriff’s office, Erika Hrynyk, said during a press conference that authorities managed to track and arrest Laming after DNA evidence found on the victim’s clothing was matched to him. She also told reporters that the DNA study couldn’t be made in the 1980s because genetic genealogical analysis and DNA testing weren’t sufficiently advanced back then.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office explained that a private firm that specializes in forensic genetic genealogy, along with the Michigan State Police, analyzed the DNA evidence. The office pointed out that the analysis revealed information that it would have been “impossible to find” before.

Following the results of the DNA analysis, the sheriff’s office explained that police officers interviewed numerous individuals connected with Laming and Umphrey to “gather more information” and establish “vital connections” between the two. The news release revealed that Laming is currently jailed at the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center. A 72nd District Court Huron Clerk told Fox News that court records don’t list a lawyer who could speak on behalf of Laming.

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