Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police


Contact: BPD Media Relations Office
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, February 01, 2019

1994 Boise Cold Case Suspect Charged

Suspect: Lee Robert Miller, 54, Boise

Charged:  Murder in the Second Degree (F)

After 25 years, Boise Police detectives have charged Lee Robert Miller with Second Degree Murder following an investigation into the death of 49-year-old Boise resident Cheryle Barratt.

Barratt was killed in April of 1994 and after years of being a cold case, Boise Police Detectives, working together with Bremerton Police Detectives, identified Miller as a suspect in two homicides using DNA evidence.

Miller was arrested in Boise on charges out of Bremerton on January 2, 2019. Since then Boise Police detectives have been able to do some follow up interviews in Boise and continue their investigation. The Ada County Prosecutor’s office charged Miller with Second Degree Murder and a Fourth District Magistrate Judge issued  a warrant for that crime. Miller will face that charge after he goes through the criminal justice process in Washington.  He is currently being held in the Kitsap County Jail in Washington. 

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Previously released: Thursday, January 03, 2019

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

 

      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

(360) 473-5488

(360) 340-1270

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 Second 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 Second 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

james.burchett@ci.bremerton.wa.us