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North Carolina police announced Tuesday that DNA evidence has cleared, a woman’s involvement in her sister’s house in 1984 cold-case murder–one year after a woman went to “Dr. Phil” to a polygraph, and to proclaim her innocence.
Reesa Trexler was 15 when she was gang-raped and stabbed to death in her parents of Salisbury, N. C., home.
Salisbury police said that the killer had finally been identified through DNA and genetic genealogy. The evidence from the crime scene had been uploaded to a public genealogy site, it will produce results that will lead to the suspect.
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Reesa Trexler was 15 back in 1984, when she was gang-raped and murdered in her parents, in Salisbury, N. C.
(Salisbury Police Department)
The Salisbury Post and other local media identified the suspect as Curtis, He said, and he died in 2004 of a heart attack. He worked at a Frito Lay plant, close to where the murder took place. His body was exhumed in June, and his DNA matched the DNA found at the crime scene.
“The analysis and investigation confirmed that the suspect in the case, was not a member of the family has speculated,” police said in a news release.
Most of the speculation had focused on Reesa’s younger sister, who was 13, in 1984, and is now, Jodie Laird.
“I just want to say how grateful me and my family,” Laird said on Tuesday, according to WBTV. “It’s been a long road, it’s something that’s fair for the many, many, many, many years that we don’t think about the fact that this was going to happen.”
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Laird’s appearance on the syndicated program, and in April 2018, with a renewed interest in Reesa’s death.
She told the host, Dr. Phil McGraw that she wanted to prove to them that they had nothing to do with her sister’s murder, and the polygraph showed she was truthful, WSOC-TV reported.
“Five-and-thirty year was a long, long time, and we’re only just as happy as we could be,” Laird said, according to WBTV. “I know that we will never have all the answers we want, but at least we have the answers we need.”
Reesa’s mother, Vickie Oakes was quoted as saying that she wasn’t sure she would ever see the day that the case was closed.
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“I have just lived with the fact that it’s not going to be resolved,” she said, according to WBTV. “So many, many nights in bed wondering and wondering, and, perhaps, now that I have a place to sleep.”