SPOKANE -- Retired Spokane Police Detective Jim Hanson waited 22 years for closure on the 1990 murders of three Spokane women.
That closure came Tuesday, when police announced they tied a current inmate to the crimes using DNA.
Hanson was one of the lead investigators when three prostitutes were found murdered in 1990. At the time, crime solving technology like DNA analysis was almost non-existent.
The cases eventually went cold until this week when newly tested DNA from one of the crime scenes led detectives to a man named Douglas Perry.
Perry got sex change years ago, and is now living as a woman named Donna.
Hanson said he the news surprised him.
“[Perry’s] name and face didn’t really generate anything to me. I don’t think this particular person was even known to us at the time,” he said.
The retired detective said he never stopped thinking about the victims, and is thankful their families might get the closure they long waited for.