A 76-year-old man living in Mounds View, Minnesota has been charged in the 1972 murder of a Naperville teen. Barry Lee Whelpley was arrested in Minnesota where he is awaiting extradition to Will County to face three murder charges. Whelpley's bond is set at $10-million.
Whelpley, a former Naperville resident, is accused of stabbing and killing fifteen-year-old Julie Ann Hanson. Hanson was reported missing on June 8 1972. Her body was found about a day later in a field in Naperville near 87th Street and Modaff Road. Whelpley was 27 at the time of the murder. Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall spoke about it at a press conference Friday.
Police say a breakthrough in the case happened because of technological advancements in DNA and genetic genealogy analysis. No suspect was developed at the time of the killing.
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow says Whelpley was due in Minnesota court Friday morning for an extradition hearing and doesn't think there is any legal basis for Mr. Whelpley to fight being sent to Illinois to stand trial. Glasgow says more charges are possible.