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DNA identifies suspect in 11-year-old's sexual assault, strangulation from 1972

Terri Lynn Hollis was sexually assaulted and strangled on Thanksgiving Day 1972.

12.9.2019

Decades after an 11-year-old California girl was murdered, a suspect has been identified through the emerging investigative tool of genetic genealogy.

Terri Lynn Hollis was sexually assaulted and strangled on Thanksgiving Day 1972.

In 2000, the sexual assault evidence was submitted to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's crime lab and the DNA was entered into the law enforcement database CODIS to try to match it to known suspected criminals -- but no hits were found, Irvine said. The evidence was used in familial DNA searches twice, but still no matches were found, she said.

Since the arrest of the suspected"Golden State Killer" in April 2018, at least 70 suspects have been identified through the technology, according to CeCe Moore, the chief genealogist at Parabon NanoLabs, which investigated the Terri Lynn Hollis murder among others. Moore has appeared as an expert in ABC News"20/20" episodes and ABCNews.com articles.

Brown's body was exhumed and bone remains were collected to obtain DNA, Irvine said, but after two attempts, officials were unsuccessful in obtaining usable DNA from the remains.

"I only wish that my parents were still alive to see this," Hollis said, holding back tears.

Hollis expressed his appreciation for the detectives -- some of whom he said were not born at the time of the crime -- but still took his sister's case personally.

Read more: ABC News

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