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DA says DNA, timeline led to break in 28-year-old murder case

Almost three decades ago, Colleen Meadow’s life was violently taken away in a Rugby Square apartment in Syracuse.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Almost three decades ago, Colleen Meadow’s life was violently taken away in a Rugby Square apartment in Syracuse.

Finally, earlier in the week, police identified a suspect in connection to her death – Colleen’s estranged husband Ronald Meadow.

Syracuse Police, along with Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies, took Meadow into custody earlier in the week.

He has been indicted on a charge of murder in the second degree in the March 1985 death of Colleen Meadow.

His attorney indicated that he waived an extradition hearing and awaits a return to New York. He is expected to be arraigned in Syracuse before Christmas.

Meadow has lived in Georgia for approximately 20 years.

District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick credited cold case investigators who began reinvestigating the case “very intensely” several months ago.

Fitzpatrick addressed local media on Thursday surrounded by Colleen Meadow’s family.

He said a timeline had been put together of Ronald Meadow’s actions at the time of the murder that placed a hole in his story about his whereabouts the time of the murder.

"[Ronald Meadows said] I went to get my paycheck, I decided not to get my paycheck so I drove to my brother in laws house. That event according to him took about three hours and we're talking Baldwinsville to Fayetteville," Fitzpatrick said.

In addition, he said a small piece of recently tested DNA evidence cemented their suspicion that Ronald Meadow killed his estranged wife.

"I'm quite certain he had put this behind him and thought we had forgotten about him,” Fitzpatrick said.

"At the time she was murdered my sister had just turned 27 years old. She was a beautiful, smart, funny hard working young woman who had everything to live for,” said the victim’s sister, Nancy Moran.

Colleen Meadow was taking night classes at Syracuse University while she worked at Niagara Mohawk.

The pair had separated several months before the homicide.



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