Cedar Rapids police have recognized Maureen Brubaker Farley’s killer as George M. Smith who died in 2013 on the age of 94.
Two teenage boys discovered Farley’s physique in a wooded ravine, in what’s now Tait Cummins Park, on Sept. 24, 1971. She was partially clothed with no sneakers. An post-mortem report decided she had been hit within the head inflicting a cranium fracture that brought on her dying and had been sexually assaulted.
Farley’s mom, Mary Brubaker, lengthy suspected Smith was accountable, having written to police six months after her daughter’s dying. Smith was an acquaintance of Farley’s on the diner the place she labored. He additionally labored at a liquor retailer close to her residence.
Police interviewed Smith in 1971 however didn’t have the proof to cost him or every other suspect.
Just lately, although, DNA expertise that wasn’t obtainable on the time of the killing allowed police to verify that Smith was Farley’s killer.
Farley’s sister, Lisa Schenzel, informed Fox Information that the household is relieved to have some closure, however continues to be indignant that her killer died earlier than justice might be served.
“We’ve had a while to get used to the (case being solved). I suppose we have been in shock. Then we went by way of a bit little bit of anger I believe as a result of he was allowed to stay his life with out going through justice on this world,” Schenzel stated. “Possibly we [get] didn’t full justice on this world, however I’m positive that he did within the subsequent.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.