Cold Case Unit gets indictment in 16 year old murder from East Ridge

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF) A Michigan man has been indicted on a cold case murder from 16 years ago.

43 year old Jason Kirk Sanford from Westland, Michigan faces a first degree murder charge for the death of Sarah lea Perry in East Ridge.

On June 15, 2000, two boys found her partially nude body in a garbage can on Springvale Avenue.

She had called police the morning before asking them to check out her house for her estranged boyfriend, Jason Sanford.

She said he was trying to find her and had threatened her after she ended their relationship.

The officer talked to her at her home around five in the morning.

And other people said they had scene her later in the day.

Just a few hours after Perry’s body was found, Sanford booked a one way ticket to Michigan, where he has been living ever since.

But they couldn’t make the case.

16 years later, the victim’s mother contacted the Cold Case Unit.

Just this week, Detective Brian Ashburn and Cold Case investigator Michael Ray went to Detroit to conduct interviews.

Based on what they learned, the District Attorney General Neal Pinkston presented the case to the Grand Jury on Tuesday.

Jason Sanford was arrested in Michigan and will be brought to Hamilton County to face the charges.

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