Haines man arrested for Utah "cold case" homicide.

A 40 year old Haines man is in jail in connection with a brutal "cold case" rape and murder out of Utah that took 20 years to solve.

Stephen Phillip Ellenwood was arrested Wednesday in the small Alaska town near the Canadian border.

That's according to a news release by the Alaska State Troopers.

They say as authorities from Ogden, Utah, State Troopers and Haines Police descended on his home, Ellenwood tried to flee, running into the nearby woods, but he was

eventually apprehended.

Ogden authorities say Ellenwood is charged with Criminal Homicide, and Aggravated Murder in the May 3, 1993 murder of 92-year-old Grace Mae Odle.

They say at about 2 a.m. that morning, Odle's killer climbed through a ground-level unlocked window and entered her room at her retirement home.
 
Police there say the elderly woman had been sexually assaulted, and then beaten.
 
She died of blunt force trauma to her head, chest and other extremities six days after the attack.
 
Authorities say Ellenwood's DNA matched evidence found in Odle's room.
 
Utah law enforcement officials had been worried Ellenwood would run if tipped off about the pending arrest.
 
A warrant for his arrest on the aggravated murder charge was filed under seal April 26 in Utah's 2nd District Court so as not to alert
 
Ellenwood before he was arrested.