Timothy Williams (DNA leads to arrest in NY cold case) Biography, Wiki, Age
Rochester police on Friday announced the arrest of Timothy Williams, 56, of Melbourne, Fla., on rape and murder charges in the death of Wendy Jerome nearly 36 years ago.
A New York woman broke down when police told her they cracked her 14-year-old daughter’s 1984 cold case murder through a DNA familial search.
“It’s over,” shouted mother Marlene Jerome. “It’s finally over. Our family can continue their lives.”
Wendy went berserk on Thanksgiving in 1984 when she never came home after delivering a birthday card to her best friend.
The police found his body near a large trash can. They said he died brutally.
“To be honest, the extent of the injuries is too horrible to speak of here,” Rochester Police Captain Frank Umbrino said at a press conference.
Williams said he was a suspect after the New York state crime lab uploaded DNA from the crime scene to a database and found profiles of his relatives.
A previous search in the DNA database of FBI criminals did not produce any hits.
Williams was arrested on Wednesday at his home in Florida. He was imprisoned and waived from being extradited to New York.
Umbrino said Williams grew up in Rochester, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. She was a stranger to Wendy and her family.
Jerome said he never thought he would see this day.
“I wish my husband was alive to see this,” he said. “He died in 2011. I know he was smiling next to him there.”