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'We finally found closure for you': Family finally receives answers in decades-old cold case

Family details arrest in decades-old cold case
Posted at 10:29 PM, Jan 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-22 00:29:43-05

DENVER —- It's a murder most won't remember, but one a Colorado family has never been able to forget. Forty-one years after a woman was murdered, her family says they've finally found closure.

"Yesterday when I found out, I cried," said George Journey. "I spent three hours crying to myself, knowing that they finally found who did this."

Journey's sister, Antoinette Parks, was found stabbed to death on Jan. 24, 1981. Investigators told Journey she had been stabbed 23 times.

Antoinette Parks
Antoinette Parks pictured shortly before her death.

"My brother and my stepdad went to identify her body, I don't think I could have went because, you know, it was so bad her casket had to be closed at the funeral," Journey said.

Parks was only 17 years old at the time, and six to seven months pregnant.

Journey says his sister loved children and attended Gateway High School in Aurora. Antoinette planned to finish her schooling after giving birth.

"She was loved by a lot of people and it still to this day ... it hurts us all," he said.

1981 funeral brochure for Antoinette Parks
1981 funeral brochure for Antoinette Parks

Over the past few decades, Journey says he and his other siblings have suffered immense grief not knowing who committed the heinous act.

"[Stabbed] 23 times and just thrown in the field, right out in the road like she was a piece of trash," Journey said.

But this week, Journey says he received a call from from a Denver police cold-case detective, informing him an investigation had solved the decades-old cold case.

"Yesterday when I found out, I cried, I spent three hours crying to myself ... knowing that they finally found who did this," he said. "Why my sister? Why her? Can't explain it. Only God knows why he did this."

Journey says he's profusely thankful for the investigative work that led to this point. Sadly, the details came too late for this three other sister who passed in recent years.

"It would just bring my heart joy to know that they would have heard this before they all passed," he said, choking back tears.

Journey says his next step is to find the money to fly his only surviving sibling out from Arkansas so they can be together to speak to detectives.

"He needs to be here with me because we have be strong together," he said. "We finally found closure for you ... Antoinette."

Thanks to the continued generosity of viewers, the flight for Journey's brother will be paid for through the general funds of Denver7 Gives.