In a press conference Friday, Chief Warren Evans announced that Detroit Police cold case investigators solved a sixteen-year-old homicide mystery.
In 1993, the body of 18-year-old Ladrell Clark was found with multiple gunshot wounds, wrapped up in a gold colored curtain and covered with car floor mats in a vacant lot in the 2500 block of Highland St., where investigators believe his body was disposed.
After two years of empty leads and no witnesses, police moved the case to the Cold Case Squad where it remained unsolved. Just recently, witnesses with information about the killing have started to come forward.
“This demonstrates that we never truly consider a case unsolvable and that, occasionally, time can be our ally,” Chief Evans stated. “With any homicide, the victim’s family needs and deserves to see the killer brought to justice. We are glad that we have been able to do that for Mr. Clark’s parents and his daughter.”
Earlier this month, witness information helped investigators identify Lester Bryant Wilson, 42, as the alleged gunman. Coordinating with the U.S. Marshals Services, Detroit investigators were able to track him down at his home in Georgia where he had been residing since 1999.
Deputy marshals took Wilson into custody on Nov. 2 and extradited him back to Detroit on Nov. 16. He was arraigned last Wednesday in 36th District Court and is being held in Wayne County Jail without bond. Wilson will appear in court again on Nov. 30 for a preliminary examination.
At this time, investigators still do not know the motive behind what they identify as a drug-related killing.