JUSTICE was a long time coming for Arlene Roberts but it did finally arrive. The widow, 80, was murdered on Oct. 30, 1978 in her trailer at a mobile home park on Lake Washington. Late last week cops busted a man in Reno named Ronald Wayne MacDonald, 50, as the murderer of long ago. King County detectives said a single fingerprint pointed the finger at MacDonald for the evil killing.
Sheriff Sue Rahr said: “DNA gets all the attention.
But other advances, including fingerprint identification ... solve crimes as well. It is very gratifying to finally solve the murder of an 80 year-old woman, thanks to AFIS and great detective work."
Roberts was found with hands and feet bound with nylon stockings and there was a gag in her mouth. A hair net was tightened around her neck. The trailer had been ransacked. Cops always theorized that robbery was the motive. But with little evidence the case went cold--until now. Cops got three finger print hits on MacDonald. MORE IN THE RENTON REPORTER