An Idaho man has been arrested in the cold case murder of a young mother 12 years ago, the Post Register reports.
Prosecutors on Friday charged 30-year-old Kenneth Ryan Jones with second-degree murder in connection with the 2007 death of Stephanie Eldredge.
Eldredge was reported missing in late August 2007 when she was 21 years old. Her remains were discovered three years later in the foothills of Idaho Falls in late April 2010.
Eldredge and Jones lived in the same house at the time of the murder, according to Idaho Falls Police Chief Bryce Johnson. The victim was the mother of three daughters, KIFI-TV reports.
Jones is currently being held in a prison on a probation violation for an unrelated matter and is expected to be transferred to the Bonneville County Jail to face the murder charge, according to Prosecutor Daniel Clark.
A judge set Jones’ bond at $500,000.
If convicted, Jones could face up to life in prison and fines of up to $55,000, KIFI-TV reports.
The arrest comes after renewed attention to Eldredge’s death. Sgt. Jessica Marley worked on the case full time and other investigators conducted additional interviews and gathered evidence, Johnson said, according to the news outlet. The true crime television show “Cold Justice” also offered to pay for testing of evidence.
“This arrest has been a long time coming,” Johnson said in a news release obtained by the Post Register . “Today, we are glad to have reached this point in the investigation and to be able to provide closure to the case and to the Eldredge family. I am proud of the detectives who have pushed this investigation through to the finish line.”
The police department reportedly began presenting its findings to prosecutors in December.