Police Use DNA to Solve 2004 Cold Case

The suspect could face the death penalty if convicted.

East Hartford Police have made an arrest in a 2004 cold case.

Friday, police charged Kelvin Daye, 41, with the murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of Trupti Patel.

On July 9, 2004, Patel's husband reported her missing from their Nutmeg Lane apartment. Her body was found in the basement of the couple's apartment complex later that night. Police searched the basement after family members noticed suspicious damage to the building. Patel was 36 at the time of her death.

The case was cold for years, until July 2010, when a DNA database matched DNA found at the scene to Daye, according to police.

Thursday, East Hartford police obtained an arrest warrant for Daye, and arrested him Friday afternoon, police said.

Daye has been in custody on unreleated charges since 2006, police said. In 2009, the Connecticut Department of Correction handed Daye over to federal authorities to begin deportation proceedings for being an illegal alien.

Daye faces two counts of Captial Felony, one for murder committed during the course of a sexual assault, the other for murder committed during a kidnapping, police said. He could face the death penalty on both counts. Day also faces charges of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Murder, Felony Murder and Robbery.

He is being held on $5,000,000 bond.

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