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DNA solves triple homicide cold case from 1984

Andrew Wessell Six Andrew Wessell Six
DAVIS COUNTY (KWWL) - DNA evidence matched last year finally solved a triple-homicide cold case from 1984 in Drakesville and Eldon, officials announced Friday.

Andrew Wessel Six, who was executed in Missouri in 1997 for the murder of an Ottumwa woman in a separate incident, was named as the sole perpetrator in the triple slaying, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a release Friday afternoon.

DNA was found on the inside of the jeans of victim Tina Lade and matched to Six in March of 2012.

Based on that information and on the subsequent reopening of the investigation by the DCI Cold Case Unit, the Davis County Sheriff's Office and the Wapello County Sheriff's Office, authorities were confident in naming Six as the one responsible.

Six, officials said, allegedly killed Lade, 19, Lade's boyfriend, Justin Hook Jr., 20, and Hook Jr.'s mother, Sarah Link, 41, in April of 1984.

Hook Jr.'s body was found in rural Drakesville on April 13. Officials determined he was beaten to death with a blunt object.

Link's body was discovered in a farm field in Eldon in Wapello County on April 16. Lade was found on April 18 in the same area. Both were also beaten to death, according to officials.

Six was originally a suspect in the case and authorities found he and Hook Jr. had had a disagreement over a vehicle purchase, but he was never brought to trial.

In 1987, Six and his uncle were arrested and later convicted of the abduction and murder of Kathy Allen of Ottumwa. Her body was recovered in Schulyer County, Missouri.

Six died of lethal injection for Allen's murder in August of 1997. His uncle, Donald Petary, died in prison in 1998.

A review of the triple homicide cold case began in August of 2011 spearheaded by the DCI Cold Case Unit.

Federal grant funding for the unit was discontinued in December of 2011.

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