A man has been formally charged in the 1981 murder of a 20-year-old Norfolk woman.
Donna K. Walker’s father found her dead in her apartment, located at 7911 Redmon Rd., on Sept. 5, 1981.
Norfolk police investigated the murder, but couldn’t develop a suspect. The case went cold for 35 years.
In 2013, detectives reopened the case. After a three-year investigation, which included a review of forensic evidence and interviews with potential witnesses, police developed Daniel Joseph Johnston, 66, as a suspect, according to a Norfolk Police Department news release.
Johnston was 31 at the time of the murder. He lived in the Harbor North apartments, located at 4506 E. Ocean Ave., and worked at area funeral homes and cemeteries.
On Wednesday, a grand jury formally indicted Johnston for first-degree murder in Norfolk Circuit Court.
He is currently serving time at the Elmira Correctional Facility in New York for unrelated charges, but will be extradited to Virginia.
Police are still investigating Walker’s death. Anyone with information about the crime should call the Norfolk Cold Case Unit at 757-664-7137 or the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.