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Iowa police have solved a 50-year-old cold case involving a 17-year-old girl with DNA evidence.

Cedar Rapids police have identified the killer of Maureen Brubaker Farley as George M. Smith, who died in 2013 at the age of 94.


On 24 September 1971, two teenage boys found Farley’s body in a wooded ravine, now Tait Cummins Park. She was partially dressed without shoes. An autopsy report determined that she had been sexually assaulted and hit in the head, causing a skull fracture that led to her death.

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Maureen Brubaker Farley

Farley’s mother, Mary Brubaker, long suspected Smith was responsible, wrote to police six months after her daughter’s death. Smith was an acquaintance of Farley at the diner where he worked. He also worked at a liquor store near his apartment.

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police Smith was interviewed in 1971 but there was not enough evidence to charge him or any of the other suspects.

Maureen Brubaker Farley

DNA technology unavailable at the time of Farley’s murder allowed police to confirm that Smith was Farley’s killer.

Farley’s sister, Lisa Schenzel, told Granthshala News that the family is relieved of some closure, but still angry that her killer died before justice could be served.

“We have some time to get used to (to resolve the matter). I think we were in shock. Then we went through a bit of anger, I think, because he needed to live his life without facing justice.” Permission was granted. This world,” Schengel said. “Maybe we didn’t get full justice in this world, but I’m sure he did in the next.”