Collaboration, perseverance credited for solving 1981 murder case; Holt man charged

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM.

The Phelps murder got renewed emphasis around 2008.

Investigator Mike Irwin says the investigation ultimately took investigators to four states and involved multiple agencies. Their work eventually led to indictments in two other unsolved cold cases in the state of Alabama.

The case, however, remains active.

“The Phelps murder investigation is not over and we anticipate it will continue to progress,” Irwin said. 

“The persistence and partnerships between Investigator Mike Irwin, the FDLE, State Attorney’s Office, and Alabama District Attorney Walt Merrill have brought news that some family and friends had waited many years to hear,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said. “I want to publicly thank those partners for their assistance and dedication as we move forward in pursuing justice."

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