Eugene Serial Killer
Geraldine Toohey was murdered in 1988 and Gladys Hensley and Janice Dickinson were murdered in 1986, and now authorities can tie their murders to one suspect who is a Eugene serial killer.
A DNA Phenotype Snapshots that was done on the DNA that was obtained at the scene of the murders showed all three women were murdered by the same person.
Police News Release
“Snapshot is a revolutionary new forensic DNA analysis service that accurately predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of an unknown person from DNA,” police said in a news release Monday. “It can also determine kinship between DNA samples out to multiple degrees of relatedness. Snapshot is ideal for generating investigative leads, narrowing suspect lists and solving human remains cases. Starting with extracted DNA or biological evidence, Parabon can produce a detailed Snapshot report and composite sketch that includes eye color, skin color, hair color, face morphology and detailed biogeographic ancestry.”
So far, DNA has eliminated many suspects and the serial killer is still walking free. But, with the new DNA Phenotype Snapshot the Eugene police are hoping that someone recognizes the sketch.
One image showed the suspect at 25, of average weight, the other shows him at age 55, also at an average weight.
“This allows investigators to eliminate suspects who don’t match this prediction, then within people who could match and then prioritize a suspect,” Greytak told KOIN News.
The technology has also been successful. According to Ellen Greytak of the Paragon Nano Labs states that 20% of the 150 cases they’ve worked on have been solved, including a case that was 25 years old.
“Within a few months of our information they went back through their suspect list and went to anybody they didn’t have DNA from and who matched our prediction and they were able to find their person,” Greytak said.
The Eugene Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit has established a dedicated tip line for these cases, and it is asking anyone with information about these murders to call the tip line at 541-682-5162.
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