An 80-year-old Florida man has been charged in a Canadian cold case murder from 1975 known as the Nation River Lady case.
Police have identified the woman who was found dead in eastern Ontario 48 years ago as Jewell Parchman Langford, according to the Calgary Herald.
Rodney Nichols, 81, of Hollywood, Florida, has been charged with the murder, according to the outlet.
“While the charge was formally laid before the court late last year, at the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal, the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) did not announce this publicly at the time,” police told the outlet.
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“Her identity was established with help from a lab in the United States that specializes in forensic genealogy, in what OPP said was the first use in Canada of such technology to identify a victim,” reported the Calgary Herald.
The Nation River Lady is the nickname that was given to the unidentified woman whose body was found floating in the Nation River near Casselman, Ontario, Canada, on May 3, 1975.
She had been strangled to death, and her body had been badly decomposed.
For decades, she remained unidentified, but in 2022, her remains were identified as those of Jewell “Lalla” Langford, a 48-year-old spa owner from Jackson, Tennessee.
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Langford had traveled to Montreal in April 1975 and never returned home. Her family reported her missing, and her body was found a few weeks later.
Police could not identify her at the time, and she became known as the Nation River Lady.
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