Cold Florida Murder Sees Arrest With The Help Of Fingerprint Tech

DELRAY BEACH, FL – Almost four decades after a Florida woman She was found beaten to death, her body was run over near the Delray Beach train station, and the city police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for her murder.

Law enforcement officers detained Ralph Williams in Jacksonville on Monday after a grand jury indicted him in the 1983 murder of Carla Lowe, a 21-year-old South Florida woman.

The first arrest was for the Delray Beach Cold Case Unit, which the department formed in January.

Investigators said the new fingerprint technology led them to Williams, who is believed to have killed Lowe on November 13, 1983, while she was waiting at an Amtrak train station.

“This is the exact reason why the cold case situation began earlier this year,” Delray Beach Police Chief Gavaro Sims said during a news conference noon Tuesday at department headquarters. “To help bring a certain level of closure to families who have lost any hope of justice for their losses.”

Detective Todd Clancy, the cold cases unit commander in Delray Beach, said Tuesday that there was no clear link between Lowe and Williams, and the motive behind the killing was not known.

Delray Beach police arrested Carla Lowe on Monday, November 29, 2021, in the November 1983 murder of Carla Lowe on a street near an Amtrak station.

Clancy said new technology from an England-based company helped investigators obtain fingerprints from a piece of evidence left at the scene.

“We weren’t able to get this fingerprint in the old, traditional way that the crime scene was getting fingerprints,” he said. “There’s a new process by UK-based Foster & Freeman, and they have a new machine and they can get a fingerprint.”

Investigators did not say where the fingerprint was found, saying the investigation is still open.

As Clancy and current and former detectives at Delray Beach spoke, members of Lowe’s family spotted nearby. They did not speak at the press conference and left without answering questions. Carla’s sister, Jackie Lowe-Ribes, later released a statement through the police.

“I just want the world to know that Carla was a good person,” Louie Ribas’ statement said. “She was a beautiful, giving person. She wasn’t just a piece of trash that someone had thrown away.”

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