Officials announced on Tuesday that a 61-year-old man had been taken into custody for a murder he allegedly committed 41 years ago. The victim was a 24-year-old man who was fatally shot in Indiana. Detectives worked diligently to solve the case, leading to the arrest of the suspect after more than four decades.
Despite numerous attempts by the police over the years, the case has remained unsolved. With each passing year, new officers have taken a fresh look at the evidence, but to no avail.
According to the arrest announcement, the Indiana State Police are dedicated to bringing justice to families by solving cold cases. Their mission is to hold those responsible for these crimes accountable and prosecute them in court. This commitment demonstrates their unwavering determination to provide closure to the affected families. The announcement can be found on their Facebook page.
According to police, Sgt. Kip Main took charge of the case in September 2015 and conducted a thorough investigation. It was discovered that on October 30, 1982, Anderson and Smith were present at a house along with a group of people. Kip found out that Anderson had taken a shotgun from the house and loaded it. The investigation revealed that Anderson left the place with Smith, still holding the loaded gun with him in the car.
According to authorities, Anderson attempted to conceal the murder by bringing the firearm back to the residence and attempting to hide any potential evidence at the location of the crime.
According to a spokesperson from the Indiana State Police, Anderson had been previously spoken to by officers, including shortly after Smith’s passing. However, it wasn’t until a new detective took on the case, conducting fresh interviews and scrutinizing previously collected evidence, that officials were able to bring charges against Anderson at this time.
According to a police spokesperson, their protocol does not allow them to divulge any details regarding a potential motive.
Without any trouble, Anderson was apprehended at his residence in Seymour, Indiana on Tuesday by law enforcement. He was then taken to the Jackson County Jail.