Arrest made in connection with 1987 Roxbury homicide

ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) — The Suffolk County District Attorney announced Tuesday that an arrest had been made in connection with a 1987 murder in Roxbury.

Suffolk County DA James Conley said 19-year-old Dora Jean Brimage was last seen leaving a party near Prentiss Street in Roxbury back on Sept. 6, 1987. The next morning, her partially undressed body was found outside a storefront on Warren Street. Officials said Brimage had been beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled to death.

Conley said a federal grant helped them recently submit evidence for DNA testing, leading them to James Paige, of Manchester, New Hampshire. Paige, now 50, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Brimage’s death.

Police said Brimage accepted a ride from Paige after leaving the party and she was taken to the building on Warren Street. The building was vacant and Conley said workmen discovered Brimage’s body.

Conley said Brimage was a Boston native who sang in her church’s youth choir. She was hoping to pursue a nursing career.

Paige is currently in jail in New Hampshire on another felony charge. He is expected to return to Massachusetts to face charges in a few weeks.

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