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SLCPD Detectives Solve 37-Year-Old Cold Case Homicide

SALT LAKE CITY — Detectives from the SLCPD Homicide Squad solved a 37-year-old cold case which led to the arrest of Bryan Reed, 55. Reed is currently awaiting extradition to Salt Lake City, from South Sioux City, Neb

On August 18, 1982, Willhelmina Reid a 72-year-old female was found dead in her apartment at 959 W. California Avenue. Given new technology in forensics, Detectives were able to process evidence from the crime scene and located DNA from an unknown male. They determined that Reed had been in the area at the time of the murder. A search warrant was written, and Reed’s DNA was collected. Detectives interviewed Reed and developed probable cause to make an arrest in the case. SLCPD appreciates the assistance of South Sioux City Police in this case.

“These are cases that we want to get solved. Cold cases are just as important to our detectives as are current cases and we are constantly reviewing them. If we have leads, we exhaust them,” said SLCPD Chief Mike Brown. “The implication of being able to solve these cases is immense. Both for the victim’s family and for the community to know that a killer has been caught. We are proud of the hard work put in by our investigators to solve this case.”