Numbers In Bible Lead FBI To Inmate In 1986 Murder Probe - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Numbers In Bible Lead FBI To Inmate In 1986 Murder Probe

CLEVELAND (AP) - Numbers found written in a Bible may be the key clue to solving a woman's murder in 1986, a prosecutor said.

Cleveland Heights police detectives had little to go on at the time of Denise Minor's death, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William Mason said.

Minor, 26, died of a gunshot wound to the head.

A suspect in her death was a man Cleveland Heights police knew only as James Daniels. He left Ohio after her slaying in 1986.

Over the years, Daniels' whereabouts remained a mystery. One clue was written in a Bible that police found a few feet from Minor's body.

An FBI agent, Laura Henry, recently began working on the case and thought the numbers in the Bible looked like a prison inmate's identification number. She traced it to Florida's prison system and to a 58-year-old man named James Cook.

The number matched one that Cook was assigned in prison before he came to Cleveland in 1986. Fingerprints and other evidence led Henry to determine that Cook and Daniels were one and the same.

Cook was arrested for a parole violation in Miami a few weeks ago and was in the Miami-Dade County Jail.

Cuyahoga County has started proceedings in Florida to have Cook returned to Cleveland to face a murder charge.

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