Kevin Elmarr and Carol Murphy were second cousins and both were still teens when she allegedly became pregnant by Elarr at a family picnic. The two ran away together and were married shortly after their daughter was born in 1977. A son followed in 1979.
As a couple, they had problems. She allegedly had an affair with his brother-in-law. Eventually Elmarr filed for divorce but they remained living together for a period of time for financial reasons.
Both remarried. He married his current wife, she married her second husband then separated from him after he allegedly began an affair with a married woman. Allegedly she had an affair with that woman’s husband.
Then a dispute developed over custody of the Elmarr’s children. Reportedly Social Services had legal custody of the children, and the two shared physical custody.
May 22, 1987 Carol Murphy allegedly told her coworkers she was going to the mountains with her ex-husband to have sex. That was the last time they saw her. Witnesses have reported seeing a couple on a Gold Wing motorcycle, and Elmarr had the same type of motorcycle. Hikers later found her body partially covered by aspen leaves in that same area. In 1989 law enforcement publicly named Elmarr as a suspect in his his wife’s death and a warrant was drawn up for his arrest. However, the warrant was never signed- some say due to a lack of physical evidence against him.
That is where it stood as life went on. Their children grew up and allegedly they never knew of the suspicion of their father. Carol Murphy’s mother died without knowning what happened to her daughter. Family says she always suspected Elmarr.
Elmarr and his new wife were known in their neighborhood as very nice helpful people. They fit in well in the neighborhood. Neighbors were aware of the old suspicion- but there had been no arrest. Elmarr became a longtime volunteer for the area emergency association.
But family never forgot, and neither did the media or law enforcement. At the time of Carol Murphy’s death, biological evidence was found on an intimate area of her body. But the sample was too small for testing by the methods available at the time. But time and scientific advancements have refined the DNA testing. In 2006, the sample was tested again. Investigators say that sample matched Elmarr’s DNA.
Kevin Elmarr was arrested Jan. 29 on charges of suspicion of 1 st degree murder. According to reports, Elmarr does have a criminal history dating back to 1975 on charges of burglary, larceny, and fraud.
There is no statute of limitations on murder. You never really “get away” with the crime. With advances in forensics evidence testing there is always the possibility that at some later point an arrest will be made. And with the increase of “cold case squads” more and more of those old crimes are being solved.
Elmarr went on with his life, a chance that Carol Murphy never got. He was apparently well liked and helpful, both in his immediate community and the extended community where he provided valuable assistance to the community and to law enforcement. But the suspicion never goes away, and as time goes by- there is always a chance that past transgressions will catch up.
The road has not ended. He has been arrested, but not yet tried. Almost 20 years have gone by. There will be a battle to locate the old witnesses, tests of their memories and tests of the evidence stored for so many years. But the road that began almost twenty years ago is nearing the final destination. A showdown you might say, to settle the old suspicion that so many have lived with for so long- did he do it or not?