David Allan Morrison, 52, is facing extradition from California, where he is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence for unrelated charges, to answer to the charge of killing Hunter, Vermont State Police Detective Lt. Timothy Oliver said at a press conference Monday morning at the Shaftsbury barracks.
Hunter went missing Sept. 19, 1986, and her vehicle was later found at a gas station in Manchester Center on Route 7A. Hunter was 36 at the time and working as a golf pro at the Manchester Country Club. Her body was found on Nov. 27, 1986 in a wooded area near a corn field in Pawlet.
Morrison, who worked at a gas station near where Hunter's vehicle was found, was one of the first suspects in the case and was interviewed twice after Hunter's disappearance. In 1988, police searched and obtained evidence from Morrison's 1968 Chevrolet Impala, which made Morrison a "primary suspect," Oliver said. Although he was a suspect, Oliver said there was not enough evidence at the time to charge Morrison and in January 1988 he moved to California. Later that year he was arrested for kidnapping, attempted murder and sexual assault of a female in Chula Vista, Calif. He is still serving time for those charges.
In 2010, after Morrison was questioned about another open homicide case, evidence collected from Morrison's vehicle was sent to a DNA testing facility in Virginia and, upon review, it was determined DNA from hair found in Morrison's vehicle matched Hunter's DNA. "It was believed there was significant advances in DNA analysis that would confirm that forensic evidence gathered in Morrison's vehicle belonged to Sarah," Oliver said. "Based on the DNA result and evidence collected through the investigation, detectives applied for and were granted an arrested warrant for David Allan Morrison for murder in the first degree."