Arnold Police believe a 27-year-old murder case has been solved, Chief Bob Shockey said today (Sept. 29).
Shockey said a man confessed last week to murdering Steven Weltig, who was shot to death on April 23, 1993, at the Ajax Liquor Store on Jeffco Boulevard in Arnold, which he owned and operated. Weltig was 40.
Shockey said he would not release the name of the man who confessed or discuss details of the case until charges are filed.
The chief said he expects the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to file charges before the end of this week.
Shockey said the man who confessed to the murder and Weltig knew each other.
At the time of the murder, police reported the store was not robbed.
Shockey said Weltig’s family was informed last week the man confessed to the murder.
“It’s a huge win for the family to get closure,” Shockey said. “It has been a long 27 years for them. They have been waiting 27 years for closure, and they finally got it.”
Shockey said 15 detectives from his department have worked to solve the case over the last 27 years.
Members of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis and cold-case investigators from England also have reviewed the case.
Shockey said the man who confessed to the murder was identified by two people in 2015, but there had not been enough evidence to seek charges.
“In 2015, we got a phone call from someone claiming to have information on the case,” Shockey said. “Two people came forward later, and after that we had the suspect’s name. Several different detectives interviewed him, but we couldn’t get him to break. We were at a standstill.”
That all changed last week when two Arnold Police detectives renewed interviews with the suspect, the chief said.
“New detectives and new techniques, and they went and interviewed him for a few hours, and he confessed,” Shockey said. “It is a huge closure for the department. It is something we have been working on for 27 years.”