A Pennsylvania man is facing a life sentence for allegations that he killed his wife more than three decades ago.
Carl Rogers, 62, of Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody early Monday morning and charged with the 1983 murder of Debra Jane Rogers, Pennsylvania State Police announced Tuesday. The arrest came after a 2016 effort by the Pennsylvania State Police to revisit cold case homicides.
“These cases never go away, much like the pain of the family members who lost a loved one,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro told reporters Tuesday.
Debra Rogers was 23 years old, living with Carl and their 5-year-old daughter in a trailer on the Rogers family farm in April 1983, when her husband called her family, saying she’d gone missing.
Carl led Debra’s family to a secluded road in the woods, prosecutors allege, where Debra’s car had been left unattended. Her body was found in the woods by her mother the next day.
The case was reopened last year by an investigating grand jury, which reviewed the evidence gathered from the initial investigation. The grand jury also interviewed experts as well as witnesses to the events surrounding Debra’s 1983 disappearance and death.
At the time, prosecutors say, Carl Rogers told police, as well as Debra’s family, that his wife had been depressed about her job at a nearby state park and had made allusions to suicide during a fight the night of her disappearance.
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SOURCE: CNN, Evan Simko-Bednarski