1981 Colorado Murder Suspect Arrested In Cozad

A suspect in a Colorado cold case murder investigation was arrested in Cozad earlier this month. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Cozad Police Department assisted in the apprehension local investigation of 62-year-old David Dwayne Anderson.

Authorities with the Cherry Hills, CO Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Anderson in January for 1st Degree Murder. He was wanted in the August 1981 death of 34-year-old Sylvia Quayle. Anderson has been held in the Dawson County Jail since being taken into custody on February 10th. At a hearing on Wednesday in Dawson County Court, Anderson waived his extradition to be returned to Colorado to face the charge.

A court record indicated Anderson was employed by a Gothenburg manufacturing company. At the Colorado press conference, authorities says the 39-year-old case was solved through the use of genetic sequencing that developed more than 3,300 people in the family tree of the suspect. The subsequent investigation helped them narrow the list down to the suspect.