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Louisiana couple arrested in woman’s, the 38-year-old cold case murder

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In Louisiana, authorities announced the arrest of a jailed kidnapper and another man in a decades-old cold case murder.

Leo Laird, 64, and Gary Harmon, 54, are facing murder, rape and kidnapping charges in the death of 18-year-old Donna Brazzell for more than 38 years ago.

Her skeletal remains were found in November of 1980, but were not identified until last month, and the Fast and the Parish Sheriff William Hilton said, according to KALB-TV.

Donna Brazell, left, and a facial reconstruction showing a picture of the victim, whose skeletal remains were found in Gardner, La., in the early 1980’s.
Quick Parish Sheriff’s Office )

The breakthrough came when a woman is in Pineville in contact with the representatives in order to say that the remains belong to her son, Hilton, told the station.

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She had seen it on social media with a photo of an image of the victim in the face.

DNA confirmed the link, the Hilton said, according to the station.

Laird and Haymon have been accused in the case, since the detectives had a tip-in by 2014.

The prison photo by Gary Haymon and a mugshot for the Leo Laird
Quick Parish Sheriff’s Office )

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Laird was arrested last week and jailed.

Haymon was behind the bars, where a 49-year sentence in a Louisiana prison for the kidnapping, extortion and public bribery. Release date of 2047.

Hilton is working the case as a detective after the discovery of the remains.

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“These cases are never, ever getting out of a police of the mind,” he told KALB. “They’re preying on you all the time. Especially in cases such as this one, is that you can never be the solution.

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