State Police hold news conference to discuss 1976 murder of Evelyn Colon


LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — State Police in Carbon County held a news conference to discuss the homicide cold case of Evelyn Colon.

In 1976, a boy was walking along the Lehigh River in East Side Borough when he found human body parts in a suitcase. Now, in 2021, officials have announced a break in the case.

“There have been over 100 state police investigators that worked this case along with others who have helped us,” Lieutenant Devin Butoski of the Pennsylvania State Police said.

They say officials worked tireless for decades to try to figure out what happened in December of 1976.

“In March 2021, a DNA database match occurred,” Butoski said.

They were able to identify the woman found that day along with her full-term fetus. This came after a man by the name Luis Colon Jr. uploaded his DNA in hopes of finding his father’s long-lost sibling.

“It was determined that Jane Doe was their sister Evelyn Colon,” Butoski said.

The White Haven Community finally learned the name of the body that has been lying under a “Beth Doe” gravestone for decades.

“We conducted additional interviews, reviewed evidence in the case and it eventually lead us to Mr. Luis Sierra in Ozone Park, New York,” Butoski said.

Sierra was Evelyn’s boyfriend at the time. They were thought to have moved away together back in 1976. Her family hadn’t heard from her since.

“Luis Sierra from Ozone Park was charged with one count of criminal homicide. Charges were filed shortly after his interview with Trooper Null in New York where he was taken into custody,” Carbon County District Attorney Michael Greek said.

Sierra is awaiting a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for April 28.

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