Arrest Made in Connection With 1993 Murder in Minneapolis

An arrest was made in connection with the 1993 murder of Jeanne Ann Childs in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police worked with the BCA, FBI, and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office to potentially crack the nearly 26-year-old cold case murder of Childs, who was found dead in her Minneapolis apartment on Pillsbury Avenue South in June 1993, KARE 11 reports.

The suspect, identified as 52-year-old Jerry Arnold Westrom, was arrested in Waite Park, Minnesota. He's being held on probable cause of murder.

Authorities used DNA testing and online genealogy to support their findings.

State criminal records show Westrom was convicted of a misdemeanor in Stearns County in 2015 for attempting to hire or engage in prostitution in a public place, the Pioneer Press reports. He was convicted of a misdemeanor carrying a pistol without a permit in 2004 in Isanti County.

Formal charges for the murder case by the Hennepin County attorney's office are pending.


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