A youngster is horrified by the killing of another young man. He is obsessed by the case and haunted by it all his life. Finally:
In 1995, Stewart became a State Police detective and renewed his interest in the unidentified body, putting hours into solving the case, or at least determining the teenager's identity.
"He did most of the work on his own time," said Lt. Doug Cain II, a State Police spokesman. "Even after he transferred to the academy, he kept at it. It was kind of like a puzzle he couldn't stop worrying with."
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DNA testing provided no revelations, but in June, acting on a colleague's suggestion, Stewart submitted the body's fingerprints through the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a more efficient system for matching prints than was available in 1979.
The search produced a match from an arrest in Baytown, Texas, in 1979. Daniel Wayne Dewey had been arrested for a misdemeanor - riding a motorcycle without a helmet or an operator's license.
Bet anything this will be a made-for-cable movie within a year. But they'll probably change it to something more dramatic than just submitting a fingerprint to the FBI. There'll be a shoot-out or two, at least one chase and several scenes of the cop's disintegrating marriage because the wife feels neglected by his obsession over the case. The latter will be all but certain if the movie is made by the Men Are Pigs Lifetime network.