A Florida man's confession has reopened a Dearborn homicide case from 1991, according to Dearborn police.
Police said Thursday in a statement that they are actively pursuing leads in the 21-year-old homicide, which left an ACCESS employee dead.
According to WDIV, Florida resident Kelly Brady turned himself in to St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies for the murder of Gracielita Flores.
"Then he confessed to a murder," Sheriff Ken Mascara told WDIV. "There does appear to be some credence to it."
Dearborn police confirmed that on July 12, 1991, Flores was cleaning the community center in the city's south end when she was attacked and killed. Detectives conducted an investigation in 1991 but no arrests were made and the case went cold.
Several later reviews of the case did not develop any new information.
This week, Dearborn police were contacted by the St. Lucie Florida Sheriff’s Department about Kelly.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s office has issued charges against Brady. The 45-year-old former Michigan resident is charged with First Degree Murder (premeditated); and two counts of Felony Murder.
A warrant was signed Thursday by Judge Mark. W. Somers. Brady is currently incarcerated in Florida and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office is currently seeking extradition.
ACCESS Executive Director Hassan Jaber, who worked with Flores before her death, said he hoped that the arrest would help bring the horrific murder to closure.
“Gracielita Flores’ death was a very tragic loss for us,” Jaber said. “She was a beautiful person. My hope is that (the arrest) can give her family some peace and the closure that they deserve after all these years.”
Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement that the case illustrated the need to invest in cold case reviews. "This case came to us on the proverbial silver platter," said Worthy. "We must always return to unsolved cases even if they happened decades before."