Boone County Sheriff’s office solves cold case after 46 years

Boone County Sheriff’s office solves cold case after 46 years

The Boone County Sheriff’s office has finally solved a 46-year-old murder case involving the death of a 16-year-old Northern Kentucky teenager, Carol Sue Klaber.

The victim was found dead in a ditch along Chambers Road near Union on June 5, 1976. Klaber had left her home for a bike ride in the park and returned with a young man driving a two-tone car.

She left with the young man and was brutally beaten, strangled, and sexually assaulted.

Thomas Dunaway, who was 19 years old at the time of the murder, was identified as the killer.

Dunaway died in December 1990 at 33, and his wrongdoings were well-hidden and remained undiscovered as long as he was alive.

According to Detective Coy Cox, Dunaway had been on a six-month crime spree and had a pattern of committing crimes and ditching the cars he’d driven when those crimes occurred.

Dunaway was convicted of murder in another Boone County killing that happened a little more than six months after Klaber’s death.

After getting approval for funding, the sheriff’s office sent the DNA collected at the crime scene to Othram Lab, a private lab that uses genealogy analysis.

The analysis led the Sheriff’s office toward their suspect. The Sheriff’s office said there won’t be any formal charges against Dunaway as he is not alive.

However, the Sheriff’s office announced that Dunaway would have been indicted on assault and murder charges if he were alive.

Thomas Klaber, the brother of Carol Sue, talked with WLWT about the development. He said, “time doesn’t heal these wounds.

She was probably destined to be better than all of us, but she never got her day.” Klaber was a junior at Dixie Heights High School, where she played violin in the school’s string ensemble.

She was described as being “popular with her classmates.”

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