Police: Kennewick Cold Case Solved

Police: Kennewick Cold Case Solved
KENNEWICK -- One of Kennewick's coldest cases is finally considered solved. Rose Baugh was strangled in her home in 1982. She was just 25 years old. For years, police had no hard evidence in the crime. But with the help of DNA, that all changed Tuesday morning, when Kennewick officers drove to Lewiston, ID to arrest the man they say is responsible.

Jack Welch, 56, was arrested and charged with first degree murder. Investigators say the evidence is clear he is the one who savagely beat and strangled 25-year-old Rose Baugh. The two had been acquaintances, and Welch had been one of many suspects.

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller says just a few months ago, "tests came back matching Jack Welch's DNA. And with evidence from the crime scene, put together with other evidence led us to believe we had enough evidence to charge him."

It's news that's been a long time coming for Rose's parents. It was Keith Baugh who found his daughter's body after when she didn't show up for a family birthday party. He says it's a relief to finally know someone will pay for the crime.

However, justice may not come so easily. Years ago, Welch was severely injured in a fall. Police say he has brain damage, cannot speak or eat on his own, and requires round-the-clock care. After he was arrested, he made his court appearance in Lewiston from a hospital bed.

Authorities tell KEPR Action News, Welch currently lives with his sister, but has 20 days to return to Washington where it will be determined if he is fit to stand trial.