This article was originally published in The Gazette April 8, 1999.
The last hours of Judith Weeks’ life are taking shape for the detectives investigating her death.
“We’re spending lots of time eliminating people and we’re trying to narrow the investigation a little,” police Sgt. Mark Andries said Wednesday.
A passer-by found the body of Weeks, 44, on Monday afternoon in the back yard of a vacant apartment house at 1319 Second Ave. SE.
Weeks’ body was nude from the waist down, and her light-colored blue jeans were found nearby, Andries said.
Police publicly identified Weeks as the victim on Tuesday, but her boyfriend of four years said he thought it could be Weeks when he saw television reports on Monday.
“When I saw the news report, I just had a feeling that something had happened to her,” Darryl Harbison said in an interview from the Linn County Jail last night. He’s been jailed since Feb. 8 for violating parole on a July 1997 assault of Weeks.
Harbison, 40, said he last spoke with Weeks briefly by phone on Thursday and has been depressed since learning of her death. “I loved her more than anything,” said Harbison, who intended to marry Weeks after his release.
“I’m really shook up by it. I’m so depressed that I can’t sleep at night.”
Meanwhile, detectives said they would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Weeks between roughly midnight Saturday and early Sunday afternoon. The Detective Bureau’s telephone number is 286-5400.
Investigators are still working on leads generated by an earlier public appeal.
“We’re getting good tips, but we’ve got to check every one out,” Andries said. That includes confirming alibis for people seen with Weeks, he said.
Besides the light-colored jeans, Weeks was wearing a green shirt, a vest with a flowered pattern and a light-brown jacket. She was carrying a black purse.
Andries said an autopsy has established a cause of death, but releasing that information now could compromise the investigation -
it’s something only police and the killer or a witness would know, he said.