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New DNA Information in 2003 Homicide

2 November 2019 Frederick County News

November 2, 2019

WINCHESTER – The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office recently released DNA information stemming from a case that went cold in 2003.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Frederick County Criminal Investigation Unit reviewed the old case and decided to apply a new investigative technique. The organizations took DNA evidence from the case and had it analyzed by Parabon Nanolabs. Following their work on the evidence, Parabon was able to provide additional information on the deceased individual in question. The lab work now gives investigators a glimpse of what the woman looked like prior to her death. That image includes eye color, hair color, skin color, genomic ancestry and an overall composite of her face.

All data collected from the lab work is considered “highly accurate.”

The investigation stems from a report of hunters finding a dead body out in the woods on Nov. 27, 2003. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office were on location near the 400 block of Fromans Rd., and after questioning the hunters, they took a look in the woods about a quarter mile away from the road. It was there they found the torso of the deceased woman but nothing else. The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. DNA was stored and recovered but the case went cold shortly after.

The release of the new DNA information is an effort to identify the victim fully or find those responsible for her death.


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