Police seek answers in 1982 cold case

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- It’s been more than three decades since Daniel “Billy” Miller, a 19 year old Dayton teen, was found gunned down on the railroad tracks, but still no arrests have been made.

At the urging of Miller’s family, Dayton police recently re-opened the case and are hoping to finally catch his killer.

“I was robbed of meeting my dad and him meeting me,” said Danielle, Billy’s daughter.

Danielle’s mother, Vicki, was six months pregnant when Billy was killed on July 23, 1983.

She remembers the day like it was yesterday. “I dropped him off at his house and it happened a few hours later.  I guess I was the last one out of the family to see him,” Vicki said.

Billy was found shot to death on the railroad tracks near Monument Avenue and Findlay Street.  Officers believe he may have been targeted because of his suspected involvement in some robberies just prior to his murder.

Police collected evidence at the scene, but for years the case ran cold.

“Back then, obviously the only thing that we really did was fingerprints and blood comparison,” said Detective Patty Tackett with the Dayton Police Department’s Cold Case Squad.

Tackett is heading up the investigation and is tasked with combing old evidence looking for new clues.  With advances in technology, specifically DNA, she said there is a greater chance a match could be made.

“If we can solve a crime because of this, I think that’s what we need to do,” added Tackett.

For Miller’s family an arrest would mean the justice they have been waiting for.

“It would be happy and sad at the same time,” said Vicki. “It would be relief.  It would be closure.  I would feel like I could rest and Billy could rest wherever he is at.”

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