Man arrested in 1979 killing after DNA match

Officials make an arrest in a 1979 murder
James Herman Dye, 64, faces first-degree murder charges.
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Daily US Times: A Kansas man was arrested and charged with a 1979 murder of a woman in Colorado after a DNA profile linked him to the crime, authorities have said.

The 64-year-old James Herman Dye faces first-degree murder charges in the death of Evelyn Kay Day, who was strangled and sexually assaulted in November 1979, according to an arrest affidavit.

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release on Friday that Dye lives in Wichita, Kansas, is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail there pending his extradition to Weld County.

Dye, who was 29 at the time of her death, could not be reached for comment, but in a March 22 interview with detectives, he denied killing or knowing the victim and said he had never heard about the killing, according to a redacted affidavit filed with the court.

It is not clear whether Dye has an attorney.

According to an affidavit, the victim worked nights as a business lab monitor at Aims Community College in Greeley. The document said she was last seen by a student in her car in the campus parking lot at 10 p.m. on November 26, 1979.

When he realized the next morning that Day had not come home, her husband, Stanley Charles Day, reported her missing.

Coworkers saw the victim’s car beside a road about 5:30 p.m. November 27 and discovered her body in the back. The affidavit said she had been strangled with the belt of her overcoat.

The affidavit said authorities collected evidence and followed several leads but made no arrests, until now the arrest after DNA match.

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