Murder charge in Fremont cold case

2008-01-09T00:00:00Z Murder charge in Fremont cold casethe Star-Tribune staff Casper Star-Tribune Online
January 09, 2008 12:00 am  • 

A Texas man has been charged with the 1985 killing of his daughter in Wyoming.

Jerry Joe Bradish, formerly of Riverton, is charged with the murder and sexual assault of Teresa Bradish. Teresa Bradish was 13 at the time of her death in 1985 near Lander.

Jerry Bradish was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, second-degree sexual assualt, incest, and interference with custody. He was arrested in Wise County, Texas, on Tuesday and will be extradited to Wyoming to face charges in Fremont County.

According to Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney Ed Newell, Teresa Bradish disappeared from the Fremont County Group Home near Lander on the evening of Sept. 28. 1985. Her body was found the next morning near Hudson, between Lander and Riverton. She had been strangled and stripped of her clothes.

After initial investigations failed to turn up a suspect, the case went cold. Investigating agencies including the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation turned up new evidence that allowed the case to be reopened.

Jerry Bradish was living in Riverton at the time of the killing but later moved to Texas.

A judge set Bradish's bond at $1 million. He will appear in Wyoming for a preliminary hearing after he is extradited.

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