From the Denver Post:
“Investigators taking a new look at the unsolved 1993 kidnapping and murder Alie Berrelez (5) matched a DNA sample to a long dead suspect in the case — ending a saga for the little girl’s family.
Nicholas Randolph Stofer was a focus of the investigation as far back as February 1994, but prosecutors never felt enough evidence existed to file charges and his DNA had not previously been matched to evidence in the case. Stofer died of a drug overdose in 2001.
Four days after Alie disappeared, searchers found her body stuffed inside a military- style duffel bag that appeared to have been tossed over the side of an embankment in the canyon.
Following Alie’s death, Richard and Leticia Berrelez started a foundation in her memory that donates bloodhounds to police and sheriff’s departments and search-and- rescue squads. To date, about 450 dogs have been donated.”
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