Minnesota man arrested in 1972 Chicago-area slaying of 15-year-old girl | KSTP.com

Minnesota man arrested in 1972 Chicago-area slaying of 15-year-old girl

Barry Lee Whelpley. Photo: Courtesy of Naperville Police. Barry Lee Whelpley.

Associated Press
Updated: June 04, 2021 12:16 PM
Created: June 04, 2021 11:08 AM

A 76-year-old Minnesota man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a 15-year-old suburban Chicago girl nearly half a century ago, authorities said Friday.

The Naperville Police Department arrested Barry Lee Whelpley of Mounds View, Minnesota, on Wednesday for the 1972 slaying of Julie Ann Hanson. The retired welder, who was 27 at the time of the killing, has been charged with murder and was taken into custody in Minnesota, where he is awaiting extradition to Illinois. It wasn't clear whether he has an attorney.

The girl was reported missing July 8, 1972, after last being seen riding away from her home on a bicycle. Her body was discovered later that day in a field in Naperville. She had been stabbed 36 times and sexually assaulted, investigators said at the time.

The breakthrough in the case came through technological advancements in DNA and genetic genealogy analysis, police said.

"This horrific crime has haunted this family, this community and this department for 49 years," Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said. "The investigation and resulting charges were truly a team effort that spanned decades, and I could not be more proud of the determination and resourcefulness of our investigators, both past and present, who never gave up on Julie."


(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Teens looking for summer jobs reap rewards of shifting labor market

Man fatally shot in doorway of home in St. Cloud; suspect in custody

Families flock to Crystal Airport for Father's Day in the sky

50-year-old Texas man identified as victim in fatal Minnetonka water tower accident

Pedestrian killed in Brooklyn Park crash identified as 21-year-old man