DNA links hair to Texas newlywed’s cold case homicide from 1979

Michael Anthony Galvan is charged with capital murder in the cold case killing of newlywed Debra Sue Reiding in her Austin, Texas, apartment in 1979

(Austin Police Department )

The advances in DNA technology have led to an arrest in Texas cold case rape and murder that took place nearly 40 years ago.

An indictment unsealed Thursday accuses Michael Galvan, 64, of capital murder in the death of 18-year old Debra Sue Reiding in her apartment in Austin, Texas, in 1979, according to FOX7.

Galvan, had always been a suspect, but Austin police never had enough evidence to arrest him, according to the tv station.

He was positively linked to the crime after his DNA was found on a semen-stained dress I wore when she was killed, KXAN-TV reported. The DNA test was carried out in the past year.


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“I’ve always known of the person of interest had to be pursued,” Reiding, the younger brother of Rodney Want, told the station.

“After I’ve been working on this for so many years, it is just now finally starting to sink in that it might be coming to an end,” he said. “My whole life is dedicated to getting to the bottom of this and let my sister rest in peace.”

The station reported that Galvan and I were colleagues at an Austin restaurant. He gave her rides home after work.


Reiding’s husband found her body in bed, under the blankets with a pillow over her head, police said.

Galvan has worked for years as a barber in Austin, KVUE-TV reported.

He left the barbershop suddenly the day he was arrested, to the station.

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