Former detective failed to return calls in 2012 case

BOSTON (WHDH) — Evidence recovered from a 2012 crime scene in Mission Hill could have linked Edwin Alemany to the assault. Alemany is charged with assaulting two women in South Boston last week and is a person of interest in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Amy Lord.

Police said the detective assigned to the 2012 Mission Hill case ignored phone calls and e-mails from the crime lab. Police said the lab had evidence, including a bottle, which might have contained DNA and fingerprints.

On Monday, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said he demoted the detective to patrolman for failing to arrest Alemany on probable cause in that crime. Davis said there was testing that should have been done and wasn’t because the detective didn’t return calls.

Funeral services for Lord were held Tuesday. She was kidnapped outside of her South Boston apartment and forced to withdraw money from several Boston area ATMs before someone found her body in the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park.