Joe Edwards is accused of killing his adoptive parents in 1983. (Photo Courtesy Livingston County Sheriff's Police)
By Paul Morello
PONTIAC - Livingston County Sheriff's Police are asking the county board for $20,000 to pay for use of a crime lab that could help solve a 30-year-old double murder case.
Sheriff Marty Meredith said Wednesday he'll send evidence from the Joe Edwards murder to the Northeastern Crime Lab, in the hopes of finding DNA evidence from the crime scene.
However, Meredith and Sheriff's Police need the funds to subscribe to the crime lab.
"The county board along with the county all know the importance of what this case means to Livingston County. Also, with other cases that we're working on right now, this crime lab can help us. This will be more used for our cold case stuff," Meredith said.
Edwards is accused of murdering his two adoptive parents at their rural Pontiac home in 1983. He still has not been found. The 30th anniversary of the murder is Jan. 21.
Police reopened the case over a year ago.
Meredith hopes the crime lab can get a DNA profile off evidence recovered from the crime scene, including shell casings, carpet samples, photos and even furniture from the Edwards' home.
He said police have already obtained a DNA profile from one of Joe Edwards' relatives, which could be used to compare to any DNA found at the scene.
"We'll be able to send our cold case stuff to them which will help us expedite the process, so we can get DNA profiles on some of this information. They didn't have that kind of technology back in the 1980's," Meredith said.
The Livingston County Finance Committee will hear the request at a meeting Wednesday night and the full board will vote on it next Thursday.
Police reopened the case nearly a year ago.
Meredith said if the public has any tips on the case, they should call police at (877) 844-4411.
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