to connectVideoPolice in Torrance, California, to announce that they have identified a suspect in the 46-year-old cold case
Officials have announced that, after a 46-year-old is a suspect in the murder of 11-year-old Terri Lynn Hollis has been identified as a man by the name of Jake Edward Brown.
DNA testing and genetic genealogy has helped the police department in the Southern part of California, the crack of a 47-year-old cold case wide open, and the identification of the man who raped and murdered an 11-year-old girl who was taken from her home on Thanksgiving Day.
The body of Terri Lynn Hollis was found naked except for a T-shirt at a rock bottom on the Pacific Coast Highway in Oxnard on Feb. 24, 1972. She was last seen leaving her home in Her to go on a bike ride.
Hollis had been strangled and sexually assaulted, Her chief of police Eve Irvine said in a press conference on Wednesday.
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In spite of an extensive investigation by the authorities of the time, including 2,000 from the interviews and the DNA seeks and tries to find Hollis’ killer had not been successful.
For more than four decades later, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department submitted to the DNA found at the crime scene, the Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs, Inc., that led to a genetic genealogy analysis of the public databases, and helped the authorities to find traces of a person’s race, Jake and Edward Brown.
Brown had already died in 2003 in Arizona, but the authorities have his body dug up and confirmed that his DNA is a match to the evidence, He said.
DNA Labs International was successful in the extraction of DNA evidence from the bones, collected by the investigators, and they were able to confirm that the bone is still of Jake and Edward Brown, had a 20-septillion consistent with the data collected from the Terri Lynn Hollis,” He said.
Brown, who was 36 years old at the time of Hollis’ murder, had been arrested in connection with two rape cases that took place after her death.
He said mr Brown had prior arrest for drug dealing, robberies, and two rapes that occurred after the murder of Terri Lynn. The first rape took place in 1973 and second in 1974. Below this is a very unfortunate turn of events, we are proud to say that this case has been solved, but detectives will continue to investigate to see whether or not he was involved in other unsolved crimes.”
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“This is a crime, it is what nightmares are made of, and no family should ever have to go through such a tragedy,” He added.
Hollis’ brother, Randy, who was only 16 years old at the time of Terri’s death, wrote that the findings “surprising” and said, “I wish my parents were still alive to see this.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.