James Herman Dye, 64, faces first-degree murder charges in the death of Evelyn Kay Day, who was sexually assaulted and strangled in November 1979, according to an arrest affidavit.
Dye, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, is being held at the Sedgwick County Jail there pending extradition to Weld County, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release Friday.
Dye could not be reached for comment, but in a March 22 interview with detectives, Dye denied knowing or killing the victim and said he never heard of the murder, according to a redacted affidavit filed with the court.
It is unclear if Dye has a lawyer.
Day, who was 29 at the time of her death, was working nights as a business lab supervisor at Aims Community College in Greeley, according to an affidavit. She was last seen by a student in her car in the campus parking lot at 10 p.m. on November 26, 1979, the document says.
When she realized the next morning that Day had not returned home, her husband, Stanley Charles Day, reported her missing.
Co-workers saw Day’s car on the side of a road around 5:30 p.m. on November 27 and discovered her body in the back. The affidavit said that she had been strangled with the belt of her coat.
Authorities collected evidence and followed various leads, but made no arrests, according to the affidavit.
Last year, a Weld County “unsolved” detective asked the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to analyze DNA evidence from Day’s murder through CODIS, the Combined DNA Index System, according to the statement. sworn.
That database allows law enforcement officials and crime labs to share and search thousands of DNA profiles.
That DNA from the rape kit matched Dye, as did the DNA from Day’s coat sleeve and fingernail scrapes, according to the affidavit.
The detective consulted with the university and discovered that Dye was enrolled as a student there in the summer and fall quarters of 1979 and in other quarters in subsequent years, according to the affidavit.
Agents interviewed Dye on March 22 in Wichita, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit reads: “The defendant denied knowing the victim. The defendant denied having a sexual relationship with the victim. The defendant denied having touched the victim. The defendant denied that the victim had touched him. The defendant denied killing him. the victim. The defendant stated that it was the first time he learned of the victim’s death and did not continue the investigation. “
A court date has not been set yet, the district attorney’s office said.