Over the last year, detectives with the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit have been working with detectives from the Bremerton Police Department in Bremerton, Washington, in the investigation of two homicides. One homicide happened in 1992 in Bremerton and one happened in 1994 in Boise.
The years long investigation resulted in the arrest of 54-year-old Lee R. Miller of Boise on Wednesday night. Miller was arrested in Boise on a warrant out of Kitsap County, Washington, and charged with Murder in the Second Degree for the death of Bremerton resident Marilyn Hickey, who died in 1992. Miller is also a suspect in the death of 49-year-old Boise resident Cheryle Barratt, who died in April of 1994. That investigation is ongoing. A News Release regarding the investigation and Miller’s arrest from the Bremerton Police Department can be found below.
Miller is currently being held in the Ada County Jail and will be extradited to Washington. The timing of the extradition will be handled by the appropriate courts.
“This is a significant achievement for the Boise Police Department and the Bremerton Police Department, as we were able to use advancements in technology and coordinated investigative efforts to make strides in two decades long investigations,” said Boise Police Sgt. Justin Kendall. “Our detectives have worked for years to make progress on these investigations to help find answers for our community and justice for the victims.”
**Bremerton Police Department News Release:
BREMERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
1025 Burwell Street ● Bremerton, Washington 98337 ● (360) 473-5220
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2, 2019
CONTACT: Detective Martin Garland
Bremerton Police Department
Bremerton Detectives arrest man for murder in 26 year-old Cold Case
On January 2, 2019 detectives from the Bremerton Police Department went to Boise Idaho and arrested 54 year-old Lee Robert Miller for Murder in the First Degree. The arrest is the culmination of a 26 year investigation into the death of 57 year-old Marilyn Hickey of Bremerton Washington. Most recently the case was re-opened late in 2017 and has been worked as a ‘cold case’ since then.
On September 10, 1992 the Bremerton Police Department received a call asking officers to conduct a welfare check at an apartment in the 400 block of Chester Avenue in Bremerton. Officers responded and found Marilyn Hickey deceased inside her apartment. The investigation showed Marilyn met her death by homicidal means. Evidentiary items were collected at the scene however after many active months, there were no arrests, and the case went cold.
In 2006, the case was opened and several pieces of evidence were sent to the state crime lab. The WSP Crime Laboratory was able to obtain a complete DNA profile and entered the profile into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System). A check of CODIS did not return any person matches, however, the DNA did match the DNA in another unsolved homicide case from Boise, ID.
Detectives from the Bremerton Police Department worked with detectives from the Boise Police Department to identify Lee Robert Miller as the suspect with the matching DNA. Boise detectives were able to obtain a DNA sample for Lee Robert Miller and submitted it to the Idaho State Crime Lab. Further analysis confirmed the DNA from Lee Robert Miller matched the profiles from both unsolved homicides.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Lee Robert Miller by the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office for one count of Murder in the First Degree. Extradition to Washington is currently pending.
The Bremerton Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, WSP Crime Laboratory, Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, WA Attorney General’s Office HITS Program and the Boise Police Department.
Jim Burchett, Chief of Police
Bremerton Police Department
1025 Burwell Street
Bremerton, WA 98337