MPD cracks 1988 cold case murder, suspect in custody in Arizona

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A murder case that had gone unsolved for more than three decades may soon have a resolution.

Mobile Police on Tuesday announced an arrest in the murder of 69-year-old Stella McCrary on Burton Avenue in 1988.

The suspect, identified as 65-year-old Anthony Hayes, is in custody in Arizona and is awaiting extradition.

“He’s been a suspect for a long time, once we began kind of doing follow up investigation, we were able to kind of tie all the loose ends together,” said Sgt. Nick Crepeau with the Mobile Police Department.

For more than three decades, the family of McCrary has been waiting for justice. McCrary was found stabbed in her home on Burton Avenue in the early morning hours of January 23, 1988.

“She had been stabbed multiple times, detectives at the time began investigating the homicide and they developed a suspect back then, a man by the name of Anthony Hayes,” said Crepeau.

No arrests were made during the initial investigation. In March, Mobile Police Cold Case detectives began investigating again.

“We obtained some new information, some additional information. With that information along with the existing evidence in the case, we were able to get a grand jury indictment on Mr. Hayes,” said Crepeau.

Hayes was arrested at his home in Maricopa, Arizona, police say in the 2000’s his DNA linked him to this crime.

“No matter the passage in time, no matter how much time goes by, someone’s past can catch up to them,” said Crepeau.

Getting some answers for McCrary’s family.

“They’re relieved and looking forward to some justice being served,” said Crepeau.

Hayes will be extradited back to Mobile.

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