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Man arrested in 35-year-old murder case thanks to DNA from a discarded cigarette

March 22, 2020


More than 35 years after a young mother was found raped a murdered on New Year's Day, police in Florida announced the arrest of a man believed to be her killer, who they say was identified thanks to DNA evidence from a discarded cigarette and a genealogy website. 


Pensacola detectives apprehended 57-year-old Daniel Wells on Wednesday and charged him with the slaying of Tonya McKinley, 23, whose body was found partially nude before dawn on January 1, 1985. 


McKinley, who had an 18-month-old son waiting for her at home at the time, had been strangled and sexually assaulted, according to the Pensacola News Journal. 


'This was a case that spanned three generations of detectives,' said Pensacola police Capt. Chuck Mallett, who led the cold-case investigation. 'I know it took a long time, but it was one of those cases we never gave up on.'



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McKinley had last been seen at Darryl’s Bar & Grille in Pensacola at about 1.30am New Year's Day. Her partially nude body was found four hours later in an empty lot by a family taking their dog to the emergency vet. No suspects had been publicly identified since and police found no DNA matches.


But over the last two years, police departments have begun running profiles of DNA left behind at old murders and sexual assaults against online databases where genealogy hobbyists and others post their DNA profiles in hopes of finding long-lost relatives. 













Source: Read more from dailymail.co.uk




My view: The evil that people do lives with them, in this case.



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