Louisville man arrested in Wisconsin cold case double murder

Published: Jul. 31, 2009 at 11:15 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM EDT
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Edward Edwards (source: Louisville Metro Detention Center)
Edward Edwards (source: Louisville Metro Detention Center)
Tim Hack and Kelly Drew (source: family friends)
Tim Hack and Kelly Drew (source: family friends)

By Lindsay English - bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just shy of the 29th anniversary of their deaths, the final piece of the puzzle in the murders of a Wisconsin couple, 19-year-olds Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew, may finally be in place after the arrest of 76-year-old Edward Wayne Edwards right here in Louisville.

"It was a total shock. I had no idea they were that close or anything else," said Timothy Hack's father, Dave Hack.

It all happened in Jefferson County, Wisconsin back on August 9, 1980. Hack and Drew went to a wedding reception, then were supposed to meet up with friends, but they never showed. Investigators launched a massive search on foot and by air. More than two months later, their remains were found several miles from the dance hall. Drew was discovered naked in the woods. Hack in a nearby cornfield. Officials said at the time, there was nothing to indicate what happened to them or how it was done.

Recently, investigators took a closer look at decades-old evidence and discovered an unknown DNA donor. That led them to Louisville. "Through their investigation, and they came here prior to gain a DNA sample from him, it was a confirmed hit that actually brought them back to get an arrest warrant from Mr. Edwards," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of LMPD Homicide unit.

Edwards was arrested at his mobile home on Sailor Road Thursday night. "Mr. Edwards is indicated by DNA evidence as well as other corroborating evidence," said Sheriff Paul Milbrath of the Jefferson County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Department.

Neighbors say they never would have guessed Edwards was an alleged murderer, on the run for nearly 30 years. "He didn't fit that attitude at all. He was a real soft, pleasant guy. You would almost want to go over and visit him every single day. He was just that nice," said neighbor Thomas Hood.

"He seemed neighborly. He seemed like one of the boy scouts when they were younger and he grew up. He seemed like a boy scout," said Anthony Conatser of the 76-year-old Edwards.

Metro Police did review some of their cold cases dating back to 2000, when Edwards moved into the area, but they did not turn up anything.

Wisconsin officials did interview Edwards back when the crime first happened because he lived and worked close to the dance hall where the couple disappeared.

WAVE 3 also learned that Edward Wayne Edwards wrote a book back in 1972, before the Hack and Drew murders, called "The Metamorphosis of a Criminal: The True Life Story of Ed Edwards." It details his time as a criminal and his time spend in 14 jails over years.

Edwards remains in custody at Louisville Metro Corrections, but will be returned to Wisconsin face murder charges.

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