Detective looks back on Trimble investigation - WKRN News 2

Detective looks back on Trimble investigation

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Tommy Jacobs was one of the first officers on the scene when nine-year-old Marcia Trimble went missing in February 1975.

He never imagined the way evidence collected in the Green Hills' garage where her body was found would one day identify her killer.

"In '75 nobody was looking at it like maybe in 20 years, maybe we can find out who this is based on some new technology.  Nobody was thinking that," Jacobs recalled.

Now, 33 years later, authorities said they have the man responsible.

Investigators said recent scientific evidence links Jerome Barrett to the crime.

Jacobs, now retired from the police department, believes semen found on Trimble's body yielded a DNA match. 

"Maybe he had breathed a sigh of relief over the years and now he's not," Jacobs continued.  "I hope he gets the punishment that we can, that he deserves."

While investigators believe they know who killed Trimble, there are still many questions left unanswered.

Specifically, what happened between 5:15 that evening and the time she died.

It's a question Trimble's mother Virginia still asks. 

In a phone conversation with News 2, she said, "Did she have any words for him?  Did she call out for me, or if she called out for help from anybody?"

Jacobs also has questions.

"How did he get into the neighborhood?  How did he get out of the neighborhood?  Where did he grab her? How did he grab her?" he questioned.  "But we don't know what happened except what the evidence shows and that's that she was sexually assaulted and strangled and somebody stole her money."

Over the years, Virginia Trimble has always been grateful to the investigators who worked on solving her daughter's murder.

Jacobs is glad police never stopped looking.

He said, "I hope Virginia gets some measure of closure just knowing that finally we have identified a person that was there and committed this crime even if she never knows all the details."

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