Nearly 40 years ago, eight-year-old Kelly Prosser left her elementary school in Columbus, Ohio. She never arrived home. Two days later she was found dead in a cornfield in a case that puzzled the community and police for decades.
But on Friday, her family finally got an answer about who killed the child. Columbus police investigators who never gave up on the cold case matched a dead man’s DNA to the rape and murder of Kelly.
“Our family has spent many long years waiting for Kelly Ann’s murder to be solved,” according to a statement released by Kelly’s family after police announced the news. “But Kelly’s family is not unique. Those who have suffered the murder of their loved one knows how devastating waiting for answers can be. Nor are we the only family who has laid awake at night hoping and praying that their missing child would return home safely.”