The identity of the “I-65 Killer” has been revealed, more than 30 years after he sexually assaulted and murdered three women working at motels along the corridor.
On Tuesday, Indiana State Police announced the killer had been identified as Harry Edward Greenwell. They say he was behind the 1987 murder of Vicki Heath at the Days Inn in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, as well as the 1989 murders of Margaret “Peggy” Gill at the Days Inn in Merrillville, Indiana, and Jeanne Gilbert at the Days Inn in Remington. , Indiana. He also sexually assaulted a woman at the Days Inn in Columbus, Indiana, and left her for dead. She survived and was able to give a description of him to the police.
Indiana State Police say Greenwell, who died of cancer in 2013 at the age of 68, was first arrested in 1963 for armed robbery. His last two arrests were in 1998, for drug possession and breach of a restraining order. At the time of his death, Greenwell was living in New Albin, Iowa.
The murders were linked by ballistics evidence and DNA analysis, Indiana State Police said. Law enforcement officials now use a technique called investigative genealogy to find suspects, which “involves uploading a crime scene DNA profile to one or more genetic genealogy databases for the purpose of finding suspects. ‘identify an offender’s genetic relatives and locate the offender in their family tree,'” Indiana State Police said. Authorities were able to match Greenwell with a close family member, and it was determined that the likelihood that Greenwell was the person behind the I-65 murders was over 99%.