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Investigators find new info in 2002 triple murder at Littleton bowling alley

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 15:17:20-05

LITTLETON, Colo. — Investigators say they've discovered new information in the 2002 triple murder at a Littleton bowling alley.

Robert Zajac, 24, Erin Golla, 27, and James Springer, 30, were shot to death on the night of Jan. 27, 2002, as they left the AMF Broadway Lanes after closing the bowling alley.

Nearly 20 years later, the case remains unsolved, but police on Wednesday said new technology in DNA testing has allowed detectives to develop new leads.

Among the evidence being reviewed and re-tested through genealogy analysis are items from a trash can in the men's room at the bowling alley.

Springer and Golla worked at the bowling alley, and Zajac worked at another bowling alley.

Genealogy testing has been used in recent years to solve several Colorado cases. Detectives use DNA information from ancestry websites such as GED Match to identify relatives to suspects who leave DNA at crime scenes. California's Golden State Killer cold case has been the most high-profile case solved through the genealogy technique.

Littleton police held the news conference Wednesday to bring more awareness to the case and assure they are actively investigating the triple murder. Detectives are working on the case with United Data Connect, a company founded by former Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey that specializes in genealogy analysis.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers and Littleton police are offering up to $30,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the case. Anyone with a tip can call 720-913-STOP (7867).