OTTUMWA — Police last night said they have arrested a Des Moines man in connection with the 1974 killing of a 17-year-old girl in rural Wapello County.
The Division of Criminal Investigation announced that officers had arrested 66-year-old Robert Eugene Pilcher in connection with the killing of Mary Jayne Jones of Ottumwa.
Wapello County sheriff’s deputies and DCI agents arrested Pilcher at a Des Moines motel.
Jones’ body was discovered April 9, 1974, in a farmhouse. She had been shot to death and sexually assaulted.
The case was never solved, but thanks to funding through a federal grant from 2009 to 2011, the DCI said it took another look and linked Pilcher to the case through DNA evidence.
Pilcher was being held in the Wapello County Jail last night on $1 million bond.