ST. JOSEPH, Michigan (AP) – A man from Indiana was arrested in 1987 for killing a woman whose husband found her dead at their home in southwestern Michigan after a night of bowling.
Patrick Wayne Gilham of South Bend was arrested Thursday in a city in northern Indiana where he awaits extradition to Michigan to charge the murder of 30-year-old Roxana Lee Wood.
Berrien County Attorney’s Office has accused 67-year-old Gilham of open murder and burglary and breaking into a living space.
It was unclear whether Gilham had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Terry Wood found his wife dead at their home in the town of Niles with a slit throat early on February 20, 1987, after they went alone to play bowling, and Roxana Wood returned home first.
Michigan and Niles police have pronounced her dead a murder, but have not yet been arrested.
Michigan police investigators reopened the case in 2001 and again in 2020.
These investigators and prosecutors said they could not discuss any details regarding the evidence that led to Gilham’s arrest.
Police said the new technology has helped link Gilham to the crime, but has yet to disclose those details.
“It’s a relief that we have a person arrested for this, but I can tell you that a lot of investigative work will continue from now on,” said Lt. Chuck Christensen of the Michigan Police Department.