GREAT FALLS (AP) — A Colorado man was charged Wednesday with killing a 9-yearold Great Falls girl more than 14 years ago.
Cascade County Attorney Brant Light said Wilfred Eugene Morrisey, 62, of Weston, Colo., formerly lived next to Dolana Clark and long has been a sus pect in her death.
The 27-page affidavit filed in District Court said an interview he gave to police detectives on Tuesday revealed Morrisey knew details about the murder and lied about when he last saw the girl.
Police detectives Sgt. John Cameron and John Schaffer reopened the case three weeks ago by talking with the victim's father.
The girl was last seen the evening of Aug. 2, 1988, riding her 10-speed bicycle a block from her house.
At the time, police thought she ran away, angry at her father for not giving her the remaining $13 she needed to buy a $50 Siamese kitten, the affi davit says.
A year later, an extensive search led authorities to find a skull, with a bullet hole in it, near Monarch, and it was identi fied as Clark's.
“ Mr. Morrisey was a close friend of the family, of the Clarks. He was a very close friend of Dolana's. He spent a lot of time with her,” Light said.
He said Morrisey indicated he knows how the murder took place and was given the murder weapon, but he blames another person for the killing. “ Nevertheless, based on the cir cumstances, we feel there is probable cause that he is the person who killed Dolana Clark, and we charged him.”
He said the murder weapon was recovered.
“ I hope this gives some peace to Boyce Clark (the father) and the rest of the family,” he said.
Light said Morrisey was being held on $1 million bail and would make an initial court appearance in Colorado before he is brought back to Great Falls.
He faces life in prison if convicted.