The sister of Renée Sweeney, the Sudbury woman who was murdered 20 years ago, has broken her silence after police arrested a North Bay man in connection with the death.
Kim Sweeney has issued a statement thanking a large group of people for their efforts over the years.
She gave special thanks to the Greater Sudbury Police for their “continued dedication” to the case and special thanks to the lead investigator into Sweeney’s murder.
Kim Sweeney says Sudbury Detective Sergeant Robert Weston “never gave up hope” that her sister’s killer would be found and that Weston kept reassuring her that day would come.
That day arrived last Tuesday when Sudbury police arrested a lab technician at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
They charged 39-year-old Robert Steven Wright with first-degree murder.
Over the two-plus decades following Sweeney’s death, police eliminated more than 1,500 suspects and looked into 2,000 tips.
It was modern technology and DNA evidence that directed the investigation to North Bay last month culminating with Wright’s arrest last week.
Wright remains in custody and has a bail hearing this Thursday.