A 24-year-old Indiana man allegedly walked into a police station Sunday evening and confessed to the 2014 cold case murder of his then-girlfriend, police said.
Connor Scott allegedly told investigators that he shot Kaylyn Whitaker, 20, in Martinsville, Illinois, on Halloween that year, according to Danville, Indiana, police. Her death was initially ruled a suicide, but the case was taken over about a year later by state police, who began investigating it as a homicide.
Scott has not yet been officially charged, but following Sunday night's interview, he was taken to the Hendricks County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Illinois, WTHR reported.
It's not clear what prompted Scott to allegedly confess to the murder, but Illinois Appellate Prosecutor Ed Parkinson had spoken about Scott before in December of last year, though he did not refer to him as a suspect.
"I'm not calling him a suspect because we haven't filed any charges. He was her fiance, boyfriend, together at the time and they were together at the time of her death," Parkinson told WTWO then.
"It is true, from what we can tell that she did die gunshot wound in the company of that person," he added.
Whitaker's family had long held out hope for a break in the case.
"Seeing her picture even though she's not with me, just gives me a reminder that she's very much around me," her mom, Leslie Roberts, told WTWO in December.