Vɪʀɢɪɴɪᴀ Wᴏᴍᴀɴ Usɪɴɢ Oɴʟɪɴᴇ DNA Sᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇ Tᴏ Fɪɴᴅ Bɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ Mᴏᴛʜᴇʀ Aᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛᴀʟʟʏ Cʀᴀᴄᴋs 40-Yᴇᴀʀ-Oʟᴅ Dᴏᴜʙʟᴇ Mᴜʀᴅᴇʀ

Vɪʀɢɪɴɪᴀ Wᴏᴍᴀɴ Usɪɴɢ Oɴʟɪɴᴇ DNA Sᴇʀᴠɪᴄᴇ Tᴏ Fɪɴᴅ Bɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ Mᴏᴛʜᴇʀ Aᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛᴀʟʟʏ Cʀᴀᴄᴋs 40-Yᴇᴀʀ-Oʟᴅ Dᴏᴜʙʟᴇ Mᴜʀᴅᴇʀ

Iᴛ ᴡᴀs Nᴏᴠᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 1980 ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴀɴ ᴀʀᴄʜᴀᴇᴏʟᴏɢɪsᴛ ɪɴ Lᴜᴅʟᴏᴡ, Cᴀʟɪғᴏʀɴɪᴀ, ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀ sʜᴀʟʟᴏᴡ ɢʀᴀᴠᴇ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴀsᴛ Mᴏᴊᴀᴠᴇ Dᴇsᴇʀᴛ. Iᴛ ᴄᴏɴᴛᴀɪɴᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴜᴅᴇ ʙᴏᴅɪᴇs ᴏғ ᴀ ᴍᴀɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴏᴛʜ ʙᴇᴇɴ ʙᴇᴀᴛᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ sʜᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, ʙᴜᴛ ᴀ ʟᴀᴄᴋ ᴏғ IDs ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ sᴄᴇɴᴇ ʟᴇғᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀs ᴜɴsᴏʟᴠᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴅᴇᴄᴀᴅᴇs — ᴜɴᴛɪʟ ɴᴏᴡ.

Tʜᴇ 40-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ ᴄᴏʟᴅ ᴄᴀsᴇ ᴡᴀs ғɪɴᴀʟʟʏ ᴄʀᴀᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴀ Vɪʀɢɪɴɪᴀ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ᴜᴘʟᴏᴀᴅᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ DNA ᴛᴏ ᴀ ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ ᴛᴇsᴛɪɴɢ sɪᴛᴇ ɪɴ ᴏʀᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴏ ʟᴏᴄᴀᴛᴇ ʜᴇʀ ʙɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ. Hᴇʀ DNA ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ sᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғɪᴇᴅ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇsᴇʀᴛ.

Tʜᴇ sᴀɢᴀ ʙᴇɢᴀɴ ɪɴ 2018 ᴡʜᴇɴ Cʜʀɪsᴛɪɴᴇ Mᴀʀɪᴇ Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ ʙᴇɢᴀɴ sᴇᴀʀᴄʜɪɴɢ ғᴏʀ ʜᴇʀ ʙɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛs. Tʜᴇ Vɪʀɢɪɴɪᴀ ɴᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴋɴᴏᴡɴ sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛᴇᴅ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʏᴇᴀʀ, sʜᴇ ʜɪʀᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴘʀɪᴠᴀᴛᴇ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀ.

Aᴄᴄᴏʀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ABC Nᴇᴡs, ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ғᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴘᴀᴘᴇʀᴡᴏʀᴋ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғɪᴇᴅ Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ’s ʙɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀs Pᴀᴍᴇʟᴀ Dɪᴀɴɴᴇ Dᴜғғᴇʏ.

Wʜᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴜᴘʟᴏᴀᴅᴇᴅ Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ’s DNA ᴛᴏ GEDᴍᴀᴛᴄʜ ɪɴ Dᴇᴄᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 2020, ᴛʜᴇ sɪᴛᴇ sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀ ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛ-ᴄʜɪʟᴅ ʀᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴsʜɪᴘ ʙᴇᴛᴡᴇᴇɴ Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴ ᴜɴɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғɪᴇᴅ DNA sᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴜᴘʟᴏᴀᴅᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏʀɪᴛɪᴇs ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀsᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Lᴜᴅʟᴏᴡ, Cᴀʟɪғᴏʀɴɪᴀ, ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ.

Iᴛ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ ᴀs ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏɴᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ’s ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, Pᴀᴍᴇʟᴀ Dɪᴀɴɴᴇ Dᴜғғᴇʏ.

Sᴀɴ Bᴇʀɴᴀʀᴅɪɴᴏ Cᴏᴜɴᴛʏ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs ᴛʜᴇɴ ʜᴇᴀʀᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ sᴜᴄᴄᴇssғᴜʟ DNA ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʀᴇᴀʟɪᴢᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ 40-ʏᴇᴀʀ ᴄᴏʟᴅ ᴄᴀsᴇ ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ʙᴇ ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴀɴ ᴇɴᴅ.

Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ ᴄᴏɴsᴇǫᴜᴇɴᴛʟʏ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ Sᴀɴ Bᴇʀɴᴀʀᴅɪɴᴏ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴡʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʜᴇʀ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ’s ɴᴀᴍᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ DNA sᴀᴍᴘʟᴇ, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴛʜᴇ Cᴀʟɪғᴏʀɴɪᴀ Dᴇᴘᴀʀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏғ Jᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇʟʏ ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ ᴏɴʟʏ ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴛᴏ Dᴜғғᴇʏ. Tʜᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs sʜᴏᴡᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ Dᴜғғᴇʏ ᴡᴀs ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ 21 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ.

Bᴜᴛ Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ ᴡᴀs ᴀʟsᴏ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴᴋɴᴏᴡɴ ᴍᴀʟᴇ ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍ.

Sʜᴇ ʀᴇᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇʀ ʙɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴇɴ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ᴍᴀɴ ᴡʜᴏ Dᴜғғᴇʏ ᴄᴀʟʟᴇᴅ “Dɪɢɢᴇʀ Lᴀɴᴇ” ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ sʜᴇ ᴠᴀɴɪsʜᴇᴅ. Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ ᴀʟsᴏ ᴋɴᴇᴡ ᴛʜᴀᴛ Lᴀɴᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴀ Vɪʀɢɪɴɪᴀɴ ᴄᴏɴᴠɪᴄᴛ ᴡʜᴏ ᴘʟᴀɴɴᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄʀᴏss-ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛʀʏ ʜɪᴛᴄʜʜɪᴋᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ʜᴇʀ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ sᴇʀᴠɪɴɢ ʜɪs ᴛɪᴍᴇ.

Wʜɪʟᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɴɪᴄᴋɴᴀᴍᴇ ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜ ᴀɴʏ ʀᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs, ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs ᴅɪᴅ ғɪɴᴅ ᴀ Wɪʟʟɪᴀᴍ Eᴠᴇʀᴇᴛᴛᴇ Lᴀɴᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ sɪᴍɪʟᴀʀ ᴄʀᴇᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴀʟs ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ Jᴀᴄᴋsᴏɴᴠɪʟʟᴇ, Fʟᴏʀɪᴅᴀ, ᴀᴅᴅʀᴇss.

Hɪs ʀᴇʟᴀᴛɪᴠᴇs ᴡᴇʀᴇ sᴜʙsᴇǫᴜᴇɴᴛʟʏ ᴛʀᴀᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴅᴏᴡɴ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴠᴏʟᴜɴᴛᴀʀɪʟʏ sᴜᴘᴘʟɪᴇᴅ ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏʀɪᴛɪᴇs ᴡɪᴛʜ DNA sᴀᴍᴘʟᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴍᴀɴ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇsᴇʀᴛ. Lᴀɴᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴅᴇᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ 20 ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴏʟᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ.

Aʟʟ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ɴᴏᴡ ᴡᴀs ᴛᴏ ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪʟʟᴇʀ. As ɪᴛ ᴛᴜʀɴᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ, ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʟʀᴇᴀᴅʏ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ sᴜsᴘᴇᴄᴛ ɪɴ ᴍɪɴᴅ.

Tʜᴇ Sᴀɴ Bᴇʀɴᴀʀᴅɪɴᴏ Sʜᴇʀɪғғ’s Oғғɪᴄᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ʟᴏɴɢ sᴜsᴘᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀ ɴᴏᴡ-68-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ ᴄᴏɴᴠɪᴄᴛ ɴᴀᴍᴇᴅ Hᴏᴡᴀʀᴅ Nᴇᴀʟ ᴍɪɢʜᴛ ʙᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴜʟᴘʀɪᴛ, ɪɴ ᴘᴀʀᴛ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴇɴ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ sᴀᴍᴇ ʀᴇɢɪᴏɴ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ Dᴜғғᴇʏ ᴀɴᴅ Lᴀɴᴇ ᴡᴇʀᴇ ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ — ᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴜʀɪᴏᴜsʟʏ ᴍᴏᴠᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ Mɪssɪssɪᴘᴘɪ ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ.

Iᴍᴘʀɪsᴏɴᴇᴅ sɪɴᴄᴇ 1982, Nᴇᴀʟ ᴡᴀs ᴄᴏɴᴠɪᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴏғ ʀᴀᴘɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀɪɴɢ ʜɪs 13-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ ɴɪᴇᴄᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ 12-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ, ᴀs ᴡᴇʟʟ ᴀs ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ ʜɪs ᴏᴡɴ ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀ.

Nᴇᴀʟ ᴡᴀs ɪɴɪᴛɪᴀʟʟʏ sᴇɴᴛᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴏsᴇ ᴄʀɪᴍᴇs, ʙᴜᴛ ᴀɴ IQ ᴛᴇsᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛᴇᴅ ʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʟʟʏ ᴄʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇᴅ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇᴅ ʜɪs sᴇɴᴛᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ ʟɪғᴇ ᴛᴇʀᴍs ɪɴ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ, ɪɴsᴛᴇᴀᴅ.

Iɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs ᴍᴀɴᴀɢᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠɪᴇᴡ Nᴇᴀʟ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Lᴜᴅʟᴏᴡ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀs ɪɴ 2017, ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴜʟᴘʀɪᴛ sᴀɪᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ʜᴇ ᴘɪᴄᴋᴇᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴜᴘʟᴇ ᴡʜɪʟᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴡᴇʀᴇ ʜɪᴛᴄʜʜɪᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴀ ғʀᴇᴇᴡᴀʏ.

Hᴏᴡᴀʀᴅ Nᴇᴀʟ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ɪᴍᴘʀɪsᴏɴᴇᴅ sɪɴᴄᴇ 1982 ғᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴜʀᴅᴇʀ ᴏғ ʜɪs ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, ɴɪᴇᴄᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ.

Hᴇ ᴛʜᴇɴ ʙʀᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴡᴏ ᴛᴏ ʜɪs ʀᴇsɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ, ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ Sᴀɴ Bᴇʀɴᴀʀᴅɪɴᴏ ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs sᴀʏ ʜᴇ “ʙᴇᴄᴀᴍᴇ ɪɴᴠᴏʟᴠᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴀɴ ᴀʀɢᴜᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴀʟᴇ” ᴀɴᴅ “ғᴇʟᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴀʟᴇ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴘʀᴏʙᴀʙʟʏ ᴋɪʟʟ ʜɪᴍ ɪғ ʜᴇ ᴅɪᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ᴋɪʟʟ ʜɪᴍ ғɪʀsᴛ.”

Tʀᴀɢɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ, Nᴇᴀʟ ᴀʟsᴏ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ʜᴇ ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴅᴀʏ sᴀɪᴅ sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀ ᴅᴀᴜɢʜᴛᴇʀ, sᴛʀᴇɴɢᴛʜᴇɴɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇʟɪᴇғ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs Sᴀʟʟᴇʏ’s ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, Dᴜғғᴇʏ. Iɴᴠᴇsᴛɪɢᴀᴛᴏʀs ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ Nᴇᴀʟ sʜᴏᴛ Lᴀɴᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ ʀᴀᴘᴇᴅ Dᴜғғᴇʏ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ᴀs ᴡᴇʟʟ.

Tʜᴇ ʏᴏᴜɴɢ ᴄᴏᴜᴘʟᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴛʀᴀɴsᴘᴏʀᴛᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ʀᴇᴍᴏᴛᴇ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Mᴏᴊᴀᴠᴇ Dᴇsᴇʀᴛ ᴏғғ Hɪɢʜᴡᴀʏ 66 ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴇғᴛ ᴜɴɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪғɪᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ ɴᴇᴀʀʟʏ ʜᴀʟғ ᴀ ᴄᴇɴᴛᴜʀʏ.

Tʜᴇ sʜᴇʀɪғғ’s ᴅᴇᴘᴀʀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ sᴀɪᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴜʀʀᴇɴᴛʟʏ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇss ᴏғ ʀᴇᴛᴜʀɴɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴs ᴏғ Dᴜғғᴇʏ ᴀɴᴅ Lᴀɴᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʀᴇsᴘᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ ғᴀᴍɪʟɪᴇs.