QUANTICO, Va. – More than three decades after the body of a female Fort Carson Soldier was found, justice has finally been served.
On June 25, a Colorado Springs jury sentenced Michael Whyte to life in prison without parole for the 1987 murder of 20-year-old Spc. Darlene Krashoc. Solved in 2019, the conviction comes two years after investigators from the Criminal Investigation Command connected Whyte to the murder using DNA evidence.
“It feels satisfying to know that the hard work and collaboration among multiple agencies in the pursuit of justice finally led to a successful resolution,” CID Forensic Science Officer Jessica Veltri said. “One that I hope brings some measure of peace to Darlene’s family and friends.”
On March 17, 1987, officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department found Krashoc’s body behind the Korean Club Restaurant in Colorado Springs. She had been last seen out with fellow members of her unit at another club in the local area. At the time of her death, Krashoc was an active duty Soldier stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, assigned to the 73rd Maintenance Company and was five months shy of her 21st birthday.
An autopsy determined Krashoc’s death was due to strangulation. Investigators concluded she was brutally murdered at a different location and later the killer moved her body postmortem to the Korean Club Restaurant.
Over the years, special agents from CID worked jointly with the Colorado Springs police to solve the case. Despite all the interviews and evidence collected during the crime scene examination, the case went cold. In October 2003, the investigation was reopened to examine more evidence. Colorado Springs released all the evidence to the Criminal Investigation Laboratory and examiners there processed the evidence using updated technology to search for clues.
“In this particular cold case, special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command used Phenotyping technology and put out a reward to generate new leads,” Chris Grey, CID public affairs officer, said. “That led to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Criminal Investigation Laboratory assisting our special agent with the genealogy process, conducting additional forensic comparisons.”