Detroit Police solve 25 year-old homicide case #DetroitCaseClosed #TellUsDetroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – After 25 years, Detroit Police have closed a 1987 Homicide Cold Case, Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr., announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Rodriquez Rayford, 51, who already was in prison on other charges, was arraigned last week on two counts of first-degree murder, felony murder and home invasion, in the case of Joseph and Winfred Ayres Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said.

Detroit Police Inspector Dwane Blackmon said, “It’s an arduous process because… we’re still responsible for investigating cases that are current today, so, in order for us to have the ability to investigate cases that occurred previously, we need the assistance and we need the money.”

The family of Joseph and Winfred Ayres contacted the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Cold Case Squad and requested that they would review the victim’s case. The Investigators reviewed the case which indicated that on April 26, 1987, around 3:45 a.m., patrol officers responded to a 911 emergency run to a dwelling located in the 17300 block of Bentler.

“These officers gave us something that no one else could: closure,” said Sharon Kwolek, 39, of Howell, the victims’ granddaughter. “Hopefully, he’s going to spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Officers arrived on the scene and noticed that the front door was opened. Inside of the dwelling, the officers observed Joseph Ayres, aged 61, and his wife, Winifred Ayres, aged 65, lying on the floor in an unconscious state. Both victims were conveyed to local hospitals for medical treatment, but died from their injuries. They received deep laceration wounds to their bodies.

About two years ago, family members called police and asked them to review the evidence again. Sgts. Michael Russell and Barbara Kozloff found a specimen of the killer’s blood still preserved in the department’s evidence vault.

“He cut himself getting into their house, and we knew the blood was his” because it didn’t match the victims, Kozloff said. DNA testing matched Rayford, and a 45-minute interview with him last week added more weight to the case against him, she said.

The Investigators examined the details of case and evidence gathered at the scene. They submitted a sample of DNA evidence to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. There was a profile match, belonging to Defendant Rodriquez Rayford, aged 51, who is currently incarcerated for unrelated crimes.

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