Terrence Miller, left, was arrested Wednesday in connection to the 1972 rape and murder of Jody Loomis, authorities said.
Authorities in Washington state said a 1972 rape and homicide cold case is one step closer to being solved after DNA evidence from a coffee cup led to the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday.
Terrence Miller, 77, was arrested in his Snohomish County home around 10:30 a.m. and charged with first-degree murder for the August 1972 rape and killing of 20-year-old Jody Loomis, police said in a press release.
Loomis had been riding her bike through a wooded area in present-day Mill Creek Road when she was raped and shot in the head, police said. A couple found her alive less than an hour later but she died on the way to the hospital.
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Authorities said Miller became a suspect after DNA evidence was uploaded to a public genetic genealogy website. Snohomish County investigations captain Rob Palmer told The Seattle Times that DNA collected from Miller’s cup matches semen that was collected at the 1972 crime scene.