Cold Case Solved After Nearly Two Years
Mayfield, KY - Persistence paid off for a local detective and an assault victim waiting for closure. It lead to an arrest in an unsolved case detectives have worked for nearly two years. Mayfield Police arrested 35 year old William Eric Jones Friday. Officers say he admitted to attacking and trying to kidnap a Mayfield teenager in April of 2008
It's been nearly two years since Marissa Huckabee set foot on the Super Suds Carwash in Mayfield. But she can still recall an attack like it was yesterday.
"I was getting trash under my car. He came from behind me and put his arm like this. At first I thought it was someone I knew playing a prank on me he held tighter and I knew it was for real," said Huckabee.
Her attacker choked Huckabee nearly unconscious and when she came to, realized she had to fight for her life. People in another car scared the man away. Huckabee and Detective Mark Green shared the story and this sketch with Local 6. Nearly two years and more than 20 suspects later there were no answers in the case until just a few days ago when another picture helped police put the pieces together.
"If it weren't for that picture I don't know if it would have ever been solved," said Detective Green.
Officers on the overnight shift posted this picture in the police squad room after a man scared a woman at a local laundry mat. The picture came with a note that said keep an eye out for William Eric Jones. A few weeks later that picture caught the eye of Detective Green.
"When I walked by and saw this picture that's when it took me back to this case," Green described.
The detective interviewed the man and could never have predicted what happened next. He got a full confession and details only the attacker would know.
That information was enough to lead to an arrest and give Huckabee and her family the closure they have been waiting for.