By Dave Franzman
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG/CNN) - Iowa authorities say DNA tests have led to an arrest in a 14-year-old murder case in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids police gathered extensive evidence at the crime scene in 1999, but nothing found here then led to a suspect.
The victim's daughter says the family was told late last week a database search had come up with a name.
"He said, 'There's been some developments in your mom's case.' And I said, 'You've got a DNA match?' And he said, 'Yes," said Kristin Twilla.
Investigators could not confirm it was DNA that linked Phillips to Judith Weeks. But as an inmate, Phillip's DNA would have been taken by authorities and entered in a national database.
The victim's daughter doesn't believe the two knew each other because of the age difference and suspects it was a robbery because her mother's purse was found a block from the scene.
"I never gave up hope and that's why I was on police because I didn't want them to give up either," said Twilla.
While authorities wouldn't disclose what led to the break in the case, police said the murder of Weeks was never considered an official cold case.
Chief Wayne Jerman said investigators had worked leads off and on and police finally caught a break.
"There's a lot of satisfaction especially to allow the family of the victim closure in this case and also being able to work closely the county attorney's office to bring the individual responsible for this to justice," said Chief Jerman.