Murder suspect in 1995 Beaumont cold case arrested in Ohio | #teacher | #children | #kids

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the 1995 murder and sexual assault of a Beaumont ISD Teacher, Beaumont Police confirmed to The Enterprise Monday.

The suspect was arrested in Ohio, a spokesperson confirmed, but no other details were immediately available.

The break in the case comes after years of dead-ends in the cold case that rattled the Beaumont community over two decades ago.

Mary Catherine Edwards, 31, was a well-loved teacher who lived alone in a Beaumont townhouse.

According to Enterprise file coverage, she was last seen on the evening of Friday, Jan. 13, 1995.

The next day, when she didn’t respond to phone calls, her parents went to her house on Park Meadow Street to check on her.

“When they arrived, they found Edwards drowned in her bathroom,” a Department of Public Safety Release said. “She had been sexually assaulted and killed.”

According to a 2006 Enterprise article, law enforcement officials spent $10,000 for DNA testing of evidence at a Maryland lab, but the efforts didn’t turn up any new leads.

This story may be updated.

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