02-28-2015, 11:10 PM #1
SD - Gwen Miller, 60, Rapid City, 29 February 1968
February 29, 1968
Sixty-year-old Gwen Miller was found deceased at her residence on Hall Street. She was living alone at the time of her death. When police arrived on scene, they found the back window of her home had been smashed. An autopsy determined Miller had been raped and strangled.
Numerous leads were investigated, including the discovery of a watch in Mitchell, SD, with Miller's name engraved on it. Several of Miller's co-workers at Bennett Clarkson Hospital were interviewed, but she was described as a quiet woman who didn't volunteer much personal information to her colleagues.
Police also followed a tip that Miller may have been killed by a former pharmacist in Lincoln, Nebraska. The suspect was described as a drug addict who met Miller in Nebraska. None of these leads were useful in determining who killed Miller. The case remains unsolved.
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Evidence maintained in murder case for nearly 50 years
48 years after 60 year old Gwen Miller's murder shocked Rapid City...DNA testing could finally unveil her killer.
With much of the physical documentation gone and many of the witnesses now dead, Detective Keefe has had a difficult time putting the pieces of Miller's case together.
Evidence such as clothing, fingerprints, and the brick from the broken window are still sitting in the Pennington County evidence building.
And the fingerprints taken from the scene are now being analyzed with new DNA tests...a new technology that wasn't around 48 years ago.
"We can now use that fingerprint material for DNA Analysis," says Forensic Examiner Kimberly Gerhardt.
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