WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – A Connecticut cold case is getting national attention on Wednesday night. An elderly woman was stabbed nearly 40 times in Waterbury back in 2008.
Laura Orso, 85, was found dead on her kitchen floor just days before Christmas.
“This is a personal connection to anyone who has grandparents,” said Lt. Mike Slavin, Waterbury Police Department.
Lieutenant Mike Slavin is one of the original detectives working the case.
“This is one of the most disturbing, brutal cases I’ve worked on in my 20 years of investigating homicides,” Lt. Slavin said.
On Wednesday, Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo met with Rocco Orso, the nephew of Laura, to reaffirm his department’s commitment to the case.
“It means a lot to not only me, but all the detectives, men and women here at the police department, the mayor, who personally worked on this case as an investigator, to bring closure to this family,” Chief Spagnolo said.
Police say there is a suspect, Ervis Mecollari, a fugitive from justice, but police need help to find him. There’s an arrest warrant out for him and Waterbury police say they have probable cause for murder.
Police have traveled around the world to find him, going from Waterbury to Albania.
“Mr. Mecollari is from Albania,” Lt. Slavin said.
At one point, police traced him to a cab in New York City.
“We were able to obtain a telephone number Mr. Mecollari used that was not his. It was tied to a cab driver in New York City,” Lt. Slavin said.
Police won’t discuss why they think Mecollari killed Laura, citing the investigation, but they hope people watching will call them with information that will give Rocco and his family the sense of justice they’ve been seeking for more than a decade.
The case is airing on “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on “Investigation Discovery” on Wednesday evening.