Police: Decades-old photo could be key to solving murder case

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Police believe a decades-old photo of a Bellevue bowling team could help bring justice in a 33-year-old murder case.

The photo, taken in 1979 or 1980, shows five bowlers who may be able to connect the dots in the murder of 19-year old Susan Lowe.

Lowe was found strangled in her Bellevue apartment in April 1980. After 33 years of looking, a DNA match led detectives to Michael Halgren, who prosecutors charged last month with first-degree murder.

But there are still missing pieces.

"Memory's a strange thing," said Bellevue Police officer Seth Tyler. "We're looking for anything that can tie our suspect in this case to the victim in this case."

One likely connection was the Sun Villa Lanes in Eastgate. In 1979 through 1980, Lowe was active there with a regular bowling league. Police say Halgren often went to the bowling alley to watch his fiance bowl.

Though Sun Villa is now shuttered, a picture remains of five bowlers on a team called "Who Cares." Police believe any one of them may have seen something or heard something that could be an important detail in the murder case.

"We'd like to talk with them and see if they remember anything about their experience with the bowling team," Tyler said.

Anyone with information about the photo or the murder case is asked to call the Bellevue Police Department.