Investigation

Nov 27, 2012 6:25 AM

Cold Case Reopens After LEX 18 Questions Investigators About Possible Suspect Mix-Up

Versailles Police are taking a closer look at the unsolved murder case of 22-year-old Valeri Brooks.

A documentary recently aired that linked serial killer Glen Rogers to Brooks' murder in 1990. Versailles Police had DNA evidence checked in the case, but the DNA was for a different serial killer with a similar name - William Glen Rogers.

Now police are revisiting the Brooks case. Brooks' mother say new developments, which LEX 18 brought to the attention of police, have given her new hope to figuring out who killed her daughter.

The first Glen Rogers, who was captured in Kentucky, says he murdered O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. According to the recent documentary, he's suspected of killing several women, including Valeri Brooks.

But it's another Glen Rogers - William Glen Rogers - who Versailles police ran DNA evidence on in 1996 in connection with Brooks' murder. That Glen Rogers is on death row in Tennessee for the murder of a nine-year-old girl. His DNA was cleared in the Brooks case.

For more than two decades, Caren Brooks has wondered who kidnapped then murdered her daughter. The 22-year-old Thornton's clerk was abducted New Year's Eve in 1990, and later found stabbed to death.

Caren Brooks hope with the investigation back in the news that a break in the case is forthcoming. "I don't want them to be so quick to find or say okay yeah he's the one who did it," she said. "I want them to find the right person, I don't want them to solve it just to get it out of the way."

Versailles Police say they've started making phone calls to Florida, where the Glen Rogers whose DNA was not tested in the case is sitting on death row for unrelated crimes.

"We just have to wait and see what will come of this, if his DNA matches," Caren Brooks said.

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