LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Metro police said they've solved a cold case from 1981 following an arrest in Florida.
Willie Lee Shannon, 60, was arrested in Manatee, Fla., on Tuesday and charged with kidnapping Jamey Walker from her home for two days before pushing her off a bridge near Lake Mead.
The police report said Shannon was involved in Walker's death and arrested him on a charge of murder.
Walker was kidnapped on May 8, 1981, following a date with her boyfriend.
"I got your daughter" said the voice on the phone, according to the police report quoting her father. "And I'm not kidding because we've gone too far to turn around."
The male voice demanded that the father pay $75,000 ransom for Jamey Walker's return.
Although James Walker told the man on the phone that he couldn't come up with that amount of money in just a couple of hours, he said he would try.
Jamey Walker then spoke to her father, "Daddy, they are not kidding." The phone call then ended.
Police inspecting her home where they believe she was abducted said a window appeared to have pried open and the back door, which could be unlatched by reaching through the opened window, was found open. Detectives dusted for fingerprints.
When asked by detectives who would want to kidnap her daughter, Eleanor Walker named two men: a former employee of her estranged husband who had been fired and Willie Shannon, a boxer who lived in her neighborhood and often ran past her home and was a friend of her son, Jimmy.
While speaking with Eleanor five days before her daughter's kidnapping, Shannon said it was dangerous for two women to live alone and Eleanor told him that she was concerned about her daughter being home alone at night while she worked.
When Eleanor told Jamey about her conversation with Shannon, her daughter told her she didn't like him and that he tried to flirt with her.
The day after her kidnapping and her first telephone conversation with her father, she spoke a few more times with her parents and told them that she would be released and that her kidnappers had intended to abduct her mother's boyfriend.
The following day, Marines who were in conducting a military exercise in Lake Mead National Recreation Area found a body under a bridge on North Shore Drive, later identified as Jamey Walker.
Police said that two days after Shannon abducted Walker, he pushed her off the bridge, where she died.
In November 2010, after the case had long gone cold, a detective had Jamey's underwear analyzed for DNA. A DNA swab from Shannon was a 1 in 10.8 billion match to a partial sperm sample from her underwear, police said.
Police also compared Shannon's fingerprints to those found at her home, but they did not match, police said.
Shannon is being held in Manatee County pending extradition to Las Vegas.
Metro is expected to hold a media conference Wednesday morning.
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