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Julie Ann Hanson Naperville: Barry Lee Whelpley, man charged in girl’s 1972 murder, extradited to Will County

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) – The man charged with the 1972 Naperville murder of 15-year-old Julie Ann Hanson was extradited, Naperville police said on Wednesday.

Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, of Mounds View, Minnesota, was arrested last week and charged with first degree murder in connection with Hanson’s death, according to Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall and Will County Attorney James Glasgow.

He was extradited to Illinois and arrived at Will County Jail Tuesday, Naperville police said. Whelpley’s bond was set at $ 10 million.

Hanson’s body was found nearly 50 years ago, on July 8, 1972, in a corn field near 87th Street and Modaff Road.

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Investigators said she was sexually abused and stabbed 36 times. She was last seen leaving her home on a bicycle, police said.

“She was very personable, a very sweet girl,” said Peggy Thompson, Hanson’s neighbor. “She was only a few years older than us, but she babysat a few kids in the neighborhood.”

Police said DNA was key to identifying Whelpley as a suspect. As a 27-year-old, he lived about a mile from Hanson. One of his relatives apparently used a commercial DNA service to study family history, which Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick helped link him to a small sample of DNA from the crime scene. The Naperville police took it from there.

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Last year Naperville officials announced that they had checked the DNA of Bruce Lindahl, who died in 1981 when he fatally stabbed another in Naperville, but that he was unsuitable for the Hanson case.

Lindahl’s 1976 murder of Pamela Maurer von Woodridge was similar to Hanson’s, so officials wanted to make a comparison just in case, as authorities said Lindahl had multiple victims.

Anyone with additional information regarding the investigation is encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6665 and ask about the investigation department.

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