Florida Police announce murder charges in Ronald E. Richards cold case


The Miramar Police Department this week announced an arrest in a four-decade-old cold case murder and credits advances in DNA technology with solving the case.

Ronald E. Richards, currently in prison for various crimes in Ohio, was indicted by a grand jury on sexual molestation and murder charges for allegedly killing Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth on January 22, 1980.

Richards, 75, lived just 12 houses from Fisher-Bamforth in a trailer park. He was previously a person of interest in the case, but there was never enough evidence to make an arrest. According to the police, this has changed thanks to technological advances.

“Because of advances in DNA technology and the diligence and hard work of Detective Johnathan Zeller, Ronald Eugène Richards has been charged with sexual assault and murder,” Miramar Police Department spokeswoman Tania Rues said in a statement, according to WSVN. “We’re one step closer [obtaining] Justice for Evelyn.”

Richards was found guilty in 1982 and sentenced to 50 years in prison for a separate murder and sexual assault from Volusia County that took place in March 1980, according to records from the Florida Department of Corrections. He is currently incarcerated in Ohio for various crimes.

The Fisher-Bamforth murder was the oldest cold case in Miramar Police history.

Evelyn Marie Fisher-Bamforth was murdered on January 22, 1980.
Miramar Police

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