Investigators digging deeper in Middletown cold case - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Investigators digging deeper in Middletown cold case

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

For more than 30 years there has been no justice for an 18-year-old Middletown girl and her family.

Investigators said they are hoping a combination of modern technology and old fashioned police work will finally crack the cold case.

In 1985, Lisa Berry was just 18 when she left her Middletown home for a short jog and was never seen alive again.

Her former neighbor, Marie Broscha, was part of the massive team of volunteers that searched for the teen, who had just graduated from high school.

"Because if it was one of my kids I’d want people to help out and do something like that,” Broscha said.

Berry’s body was found in a wooded area at the bottom of a hole, submerged in 4 feet of water in the West Lake Drive area.

"I just feel bad for the family and I feel bad for her,” Broscha.

The search for Berry ended 30 years ago this month but the hunt for her killer continues.

Police said they are on the verge of answering a question that has haunted the neighborhood for three decades.

Investigators said they recently submitted evidence from the case to the state crime lab for analysis.

It is possible that modern science could play a role in bringing Berry’s killer to justice.

"Technology has improved drastically over the last 30 years especially with DNA...so we want to resubmit our evidence for this more advanced testing to see what else we can come up with,” said Middletown police Lt. Heather Desmond.

Technology is only part of the plan. A new detective is looking at the case and the state’s attorney’s office has two investigators following leads.

Middletown Police would like to speak to anyone who may remember Berry and may have seen her on the day she went missing. They have set up a tip line dedicated to this investigation which can be reached at (860) 638-4146.

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