Authorities make arrest in Oklahoma cold case

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Leroy Gilbert Jr., mug shot from 2002

TULSA, Okla. – Authorities have made an arrest in connection to an Oklahoma cold case.

More than 20 years ago, on July 30, 1994, 32-year-old Emma Goodou was found dead from blunt force trauma in her Tulsa home.

Although investigators collected fingerprints and DNA swabs, they were never able to identify any suspects.

In 2012, the Tulsa Police Lab developed a DNA profile, according to KJRH.

The case was then submitted to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s cold case department.

In 2014, investigators were able to match DNA from the crime scene to a Texas man.

After investigating the suspect, the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for 52-year-old Leroy Edward Gilbert Jr.

Gilbert was arrested in Bonham, Texas for first-degree murder.

Although he was not connected to the crime in 1994, police say he lived within a mile of Goodou’s home when she was murdered.

Gilbert is a convicted felon who served time in prison for false impersonation, embezzlement, and larceny.


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