Authorities Make Arrest in 1985 Cold Case

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CORALVILLE, Iowa — Authorities have made an arrest in a 30-year-old murder case.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that 57-year-old Anthony Burtch, of Iowa City, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

The body of 22-year-old Lance DeWoody was found on Aug. 13, 1985 on the floor of a picnic shelter at the University of Iowa Oakdale campus in Coralville. An autopsy determined DeWoody’s cause of death as two gunshot wounds to the head and face.

Iowa DPS says Burtch’s wife was having an affair with DeWoody, and the two were together the night before DeWoody’s body was found. On the night of  Aug. 12, 1985, police say Burtch left the home he shared with his wife for about an hour and a half. Investigators believe that’s when Burtch killed DeWoody.

In January 2016, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation interviewed Burtch and obtained a DNA sample to compare to DNA found at the 1985 crime scene. Officials say Burtch agreed to the DNA test and said that he would “get buried on the sciences of this thing.”

Burtch was arrested without incident Thursday and is being held at the Johnson County Jail on $1 million cash or surety bond.

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