“This horrible crime has haunted this family, this community and this department for 49 years,” said Naperville Police Commissioner Robert Marshall. A true team effort that lasted for decades. And I cannot be proud of the commitment and ingenuity of our auditors past and present who have never given up on Julie.”
The suspect was not immediately found in the case. But after 49 years of ongoing investigations, agents were arrested through technological advances in DNA and genetic genealogy analysis, Marshall said.
“This is not cool for our police department,” Marshall said. “We are all aware of the murder of Julie looking for a killer. And we have pictures of Julie on the table and investigations over the years.”
At the time of Hanson’s murder, Welpeley was 27 and lived within a mile of Hanson’s home, police said.
Officials said they were unable to provide details on the DNA evidence that led to the arrest to avoid danger of prosecution in the case.
“We are unable to provide details,” said Wil County Attorney James Glasgow. “I think everyone in the media knows the process. And these detectives use it expertly. and resulted in a lawsuit being filed here today.”
Whelpley, a retired welder. He was detained in Ramsey County, Minnesota, where he was awaiting extradition to Illinois, police said.
The Will County State Attorney’s Office charged Whelpley of three counts of first-degree murder with $10 million in bail.
The Hanson family said in a statement they were grateful to everyone who worked on the case over the years, according to police.
on friday evening It is unclear whether Whelpley got a lawyer.