Montgomery Co. uses DNA technology in cold case investigation

WMARPublished: June 13, 2017
Published: June 13, 2017

The Montgomery County Police Department is using new technology to help solve a cold case from 1992. Police used blood left behind during the suspect during the murder to depict how the suspect may have looked. The technology is provided by Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia that specialized in DNA phenotyping. The process predicts physical apperances and ancestry from DNA evidence. The DNA phenotyping was used to depict the suspect of the murder of 57-year-old James Essel. On March 22, 1992, a customer stabbed and killed Essel, the owner of Sugarloaf Mountain Market. He was found dead in the store with multiple stab wounds.

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