Categories: world

DNA match leads to arrest for 1973 murder of 11-year-old girl

Using modern DNA technology, California detectives have arrested a suspect for the 1973 murder and sexual assault on 11-year-old Linda O & # 39; Keefe. For more than 45 years, her disappearance haunted the community of Newport Beach, California. This survey has been going on for as long as DA was only one year older than Keefe at the murder. Still, the Newport Beach police say they have never forgotten the little girl, and hold a photo of her in the detective department as a reminder to continue shooting on cold cases like hers. On Wednesday, police revealed how a DNA matches the family tree family tree led them to their suspect in Colorado, 72-year-old James Neal, reports CBS News & # 39; Erin Moriarty. "Our investigators used forensic DNA testing and an online genealogy site to identify the suspected DNA that conformed to DNA remains at the crime scene," said Newport Lewis, chief of police. Keefe disappeared in July 1 973 when The 11-year-old was last seen on this street and talked to a stranger in a van, the next day she was upset, her body threw in a gravel, she still had the dress that her mother had done for her. "Keefes sister Cindy Borgeson said she was surprised to have the call that the alleged murderer had caught." "You know I never thought they would actually find the individual," Borgeson said. hope is that it gives hope to other families who have not yet decided. " Last…

Using modern DNA technology, California detectives have arrested a suspect for the 1973 murder and sexual assault on 11-year-old Linda O & # 39; Keefe. For more than 45 years, her disappearance haunted the community of Newport Beach, California.

This survey has been going on for as long as DA was only one year older than Keefe at the murder. Still, the Newport Beach police say they have never forgotten the little girl, and hold a photo of her in the detective department as a reminder to continue shooting on cold cases like hers.

On Wednesday, police revealed how a DNA matches the family tree family tree led them to their suspect in Colorado, 72-year-old James Neal, reports CBS News & # 39; Erin Moriarty.

“Our investigators used forensic DNA testing and an online genealogy site to identify the suspected DNA that conformed to DNA remains at the crime scene,” said Newport Lewis, chief of police.

Keefe disappeared in July 1

973 when The 11-year-old was last seen on this street and talked to a stranger in a van, the next day she was upset, her body threw in a gravel, she still had the dress that her mother had done for her.

“Keefes sister Cindy Borgeson said she was surprised to have the call that the alleged murderer had caught.” “You know I never thought they would actually find the individual,” Borgeson said. hope is that it gives hope to other families who have not yet decided. “

Last summer, Newport Beach Police Department last summer tried to write a series of tweets written as from O” Keefes Perspective v is reminiscent of her last hours: “Hi I’m Linda O & # 39; Keefe … I was murdered … my murderer was never found. “

https://twitter.com/NewportBeachPD/status/1098302737782005760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw” rel=”noopener

More police departments are turning to genealogical sites to resolve cold cases by Connect DNA from crime scenes with online databases. Authorities have also been able to track the suspected “Golden State killer” as well as the “ugly sleeper” who was sentenced in 2016 to kill 10 people.

In this case, Newport Beach police also used DNA to see what O & # 39; Keefes killer can look like today.

“I can tell through both traditional DNA and through genealogical DNA; past to solve “, s adept Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer.

Orange County DA would not say whether it was Neal or a family member who left that DNA to the genealogy site. If convicted, Neal stands for life in prison without the possibility of parole and DA said they might consider requesting the death penalty.

Neal will appear in a court in Colorado on Thursday.

Share
Published by
Faela