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Arrest made in 1986 Green Bay cold case homicide investigation

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay Police have made an arrest in a 1986 cold case.

Over 30 years ago, Lisa Holstead’s body was found near what is now Ken Eures Nature Park in the City of Green Bay.

According to a criminal complaint, police say on the night she went missing, 22-year-old Lisa Holstead had argued with her boyfriend while driving home between 1:30 and 2:00 a.m.

Her boyfriend told investigators that Holstead had jumped out of the car at the intersection of W. Mason St. and S. Taylor Street, less than a mile from their home.

Holstead never came home.

Her boyfriend reported her missing at 2:00 p.m. the next day.

Her body was recovered about an hour later, at an industrial park that is now the Nature Area.

DNA was found on her body, clearing Holstead’s boyfriend in the case.

“Cases here in Green Bay and across the country in detective squad rooms never really go cold,” Police Chief Andrew Smith told Local 5. “This case had been assigned to generations of investigators who continued to work at it.”

After a lengthy, multi-jurisdictional investigation, authorities say they have arrested 65-year-old, Lou Archie Griffin on multiple charges related to the homicide of Lisa Holstead.

Law enforcement made contact with Griffin outside his home in Racine at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

After a long interview, Griffin was arrested and transported to the Brown County Jail where he is being held pending further court proceedings.

Investigators from Green Bay and other local, state, and federal agencies have continued to work on the case since Holstead’s body was recov ered in 1986.

Authorities say recent developments in the case and physical evidence were used by investigators to link Griffin to the homicide.

Griffin has been charged with one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide.

A cash bond of $1 million was set.

He’s expected back in court later this year for the remainder of his initial appearance.

“It’s still a very sad case. you know, we have a very young woman here who lost her life,” Chief Smith said. “She was robbed of her future by someone. We’re hoping that this brings as small bit of comfort to her family members, who have been waiting for decades for justice to happen.”

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