Shelley Connolly Killer Arrested After 41 Years: Donald McQuade Bio, Wiki, Age, Married, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Donald McQuade Bio

Donald McQuade Bio

Donald McQuade living in Gresham for several years. He faces allegations of first-degree and second-degree murder in the 1978 death of Shelley Connolly. McQuade was 21 at the time. He accused in the 1978 cold case murder of a teenager who was left in a ditch in Alaska. Donald McQuade presented himself as a loving father, grandfather, and husband according to social media.

Donald McQuade Age

He is 62 years old

Donald McQuadeWife FB Posts

McQuade’s wife gushed about her husband on Facebook before the arrest, writing, ” I just absolutely love ❤️ my husband’s love and caring heart ♥️♥️♥️♥️?????”

In 2017, she wrote, “Our Love will forever grow, until death do us apart!! I Love ❤️ you!! Donald McQuade.” She added, “Yes I am very happy. Always!! I so Love ❤️ My husband with all my heart and soul. We will forever be one until death do us apart.”

Shelley Connolly Murder

41 years ago, said Wilson, a trooper was flagged down south of Anchorage. The deceased body of a teenage girl was found down an embankment by people who stopped to take photographs. At the autopsy, it was determined that the teen was sexually assaulted and murdered.

Shelley Connolly Mother

According to an Associated Press story, Connolly’s mother, Judy, was in the room when police announced McQuade’s arrest. She said she was flabbergasted by the arrest.

Donald McQuade Arrested

He was taken into custody without incident on August 30, 2019. “The Alaska State Troopers made an arrest in connection to the 1978 murder and sexual assault of 16-year-old Shelley Connolly. On September 3, 2019, 62-year-old Donald F. McQuade of Gresham.

Before the arrest, CrimeStoppers wrote on the case: “On January 7, 1978, Connolly`s body was found next to the train tracks just south of McHugh Creek at milepost 109 of the Seward Highway; she had been sexually assaulted and murdered. The last time she was seen alive was earlier that evening inside Chilkoot Charlies talking to four men. Detectives would like to locate a man known as ‘Pinkie’ who lived in the Kenai area at the time.”

Donald McQuade Charges

He was charged with murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree,” the Alaska State Troopers reported in a news release.

DNA Genetic Genealogy

The Shelley DNA was eventually submitted to a company called Parabon NanoLabs. They utilized genetic genealogy. McQuade hadn’t been a suspect before early 2019 when DNA analysis led investigators to him, Alaska State Trooper Col. Barry Wilson said at a news conference.

Investigators in 1997 identified the DNA of an unknown man who had sexually assaulted Connolly and in 2003 entered it into a DNA database but didn’t get a match.

Donald McQuade Criminal History

He lived for Alaska off and on during his life. Records show a number of minor changes over the years, as well as domestic violence and stalking charges, spread between Palmer, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula,” reported Alaska Public.org.

Online records show he’s also lived in Washington state as well as Oregon.