“He said, ‘If you get a hit, I will come down there and take you out to dinner,’” said Stacy Hirschman, a criminalist with the OSBI.
“He still owes me dinner,” she said.
“They had their Wisconsin people verify the latent print. Once they got that verified, they started to do surveillance to try and get DNA off the guy,” said Meghan Jones, technical manager of the latent print unit at the OSBI.
A discarded cigarette butt gave law officers the evidence they needed to arrest Eaton.
“The guy was not out of Oklahoma at all. It was a hit to a federal record,” Jones said.
Eaton has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. He was being held in Racine County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
The Associated Press