32 years after the rape and murder of Colorado teenager , Man is jailed based on DNA evidence
32 years after 16-year-old Holly Marie Andrews’ partially nude body was found by cross-country skiers 20 feet off a mountainside road, her murderer has finally been brought to book.
A day before her body was found, the teenager was last seen getting into a stranger’s car after she left her mother’s home in Littleton, Colorado to walk to a friend’s home. This was in 1976.
It wasn’t until 2005 when Ricky Lee Harnish, a husband and father, leading a supposedly responsible life was arrested for selling meth and his DNA was taken, that it was discovered that it matched with the sample found on Holly’s body years earlier.
Harnish was finally arrested for the murder of Holly in 2008. He pleaded guilty to the murder of the teenager years ago and negotiated a plea with the prosecutors in exchange for information about the murder.
Holly’s father, Jerry Andrews, expressed his displeasure at the possibility of an early release, saying, “Ricky Lee Harnish should die in jail.”