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Boise man suspected in two murders from the 1990s, including WA cold case

January 4, 2019

BOISE — Boise police on Wednesday night arrested a man who is a suspect in the investigations of two suspected homicides, both more than 20 years old.

Lee Miller, 54, of Boise was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder on a Washington warrant, according to a statement from the Boise Police Department. Police believe Miller killed Marilyn Hickey, 57, in September 1992 in Bremerton, Washington, according to a statement from the Bremerton Police Department.

Police believe the killing occurred in the 400 block of Chester Avenue, according to the statement, but officers did not make arrests in the case, and it eventually went cold.

Police opened the case once again in 2006, and submitted evidence to the Washington State Police crime lab for DNA testing, according to the Bremerton Police Department’s statement. Bremerton police worked with Boise officers and were able to link Miller to that evidence.

Boise police also obtained a DNA sample from Miller, and that evidence linked him to the 1994 death of Cheryle Barratt, 49, of Boise, according to the statement. Police investigated that incident as a homicide, but it too is unsolved. That investigation is ongoing.

Miller is currently held in the Ada County Jail and will be extradited to Washington.

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