Sheriff's Office Closes Case on 1984 Murder

Sheriff's Office Closes Case on 1984 Murder

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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) -- More than 300 suspects later, a 1984 murder case is closed.

The Box Elder County Sheriff's Office says it has exhausted hundreds of suspects and investigated every lead but does not have enough hard evidence to charge anyone in the murder of 21-year-old Brad Perry.

Perry was stabbed 15 times with a screwdriver and his skull was crushed while he was working at the family gas station in 1984.

Over the years prosecutors narrowed the suspect pool down to five people including a man who was charged with obstruction of justice after telling family members on a jail phone to quiet key witnesses.

But the tapes were not allowed in court because of a change in the law and the charges were dropped.

"There is no more we can do," sheriff's detective Scott Cosgrove said. "It now rests in the county attorney's hands."

Perry's mother is doubtful justice will be served.

"I doubt very much they will (file charges)," Claudia Perry said. "Without physical evidence not much will get done. Unless something else happens, it's over."

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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