KELSO, Wash. (KOIN) -– A 44-year-old man walked into a police station in Salt Lake City and confessed to a cold case homicide that dates back to 1994.
Brandon David Wright is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail on two counts of being a fugitive from justice. He will be extradited to Washington in the near future to be charged with murder.
Wright gave corroborating statements about the murder of Robert Bushey, according to Kelso Police Capt. Darr Kirk.
Bushey was living in a camper on the south side of Kelso when he was killed. He had been stabbed, according to Kirk. His body was found by friends and neighbors on Aug. 31, 1994.
Investigators have learned that Bushey and Wright had no connection to each other.
Kirk confirmed that Wright was not a suspect in 1994 and was never interviewed during the initial investigation. Detectives have found no connect between the two men.
It appears, Kirk says, that Wright had been living in Utah and traveled to Kelso. He had been in Kelso for “a short period of time” leading up to the murder. Detectives have an “idea” of why Wright was in Kelso but they are not releasing specifics.
Kirk does confirm that there was a theft from Bushey’s trailer, but wouldn’t provide detailed information.
There is no indication that Wright ever returned to Washington following the homicide, according to Kirk.
Wright’s family has been notified that an arrest has been made.
Kirk says the prosecuting attorney could file charges of first-degree murder, burglary and theft.