Suspect arrested in 2005 murder of Ottawa woman in Arizona

Stacy Childs, 60, was arrested on Tuesday, April 26 in Santa Cruz, Calif. (Submitted by the Lake Havasu Police Department)

A suspect has been arrested in the cold case of an Ottawa woman murdered in Arizona in 2005.

Stacy Childs, 60, was arrested in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Tuesday for second-degree murder in the death of Dr. Barbara Kalow.

Kalow was a 45-year-old Canadian Food Inspection Agency veterinarian who was alone on vacation and staying at a motel in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

After noticing that Kalow’s car had left its place at the Windsor Inn, a maid entered the room on the morning of April 5 and discovered Kalow’s body, three days after she was checked in.

Police found Kalow’s 2005 PT Cruiser parked on a highway two hours from her motel.

An autopsy revealed that she died of force asphyxiation.

DNA aids in investigation

In 2018, the Lake Havasu Police Department began a full-time review of the case, according to a press release issued by the force.

Through this investigation, the DNA results provided the probable cause needed for a warrant for Childs’ arrest.

Lake Havasu police, along with local Santa Cruz police, arrested Childs Tuesday morning, and he is currently being held in the Santa Cruz County Jail pending extradition to Arizona.

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