Marshall County Sheriff's Office using DNA evidence to work to identify 1997 murder victim

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is using DNA technology to piece together what a 1997 murder victim might've looked like.

Posted: May 19, 2021 10:29 AM
Updated: May 19, 2021 6:08 PM

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is using DNA technology to piece together what a 1997 murder victim might've looked like. The rendering is based on his age, what they could tell about how he looked and his DNA.

Investigators say they found the body of the still unknown victim North of Arab. His head, hands, feet and heart were missing.

"Someone went to great lengths to hide the identity of our victim and the cause of his death," said Keith Wilson, Chief Investigator for the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

Snapshot, the company the sheriff's office worked with, used the victim's DNA to determine likely face shape, skin color, hair color and even freckles. There are limitations.

"They can't predict aging, drug use, smoking, scars, or the hair style or facial hair," said Wilson.

Now they're working with DNA ancestory sites to try and track down family members.

"If we can identify the victim that's the key, I think, to solving this case or at least getting on down the road where we can solve it," said Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims.

This is the first case the sheriff's office has used this type of technology on. This case is also their oldest cold case. If you have any information you're asked to contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Office at their tip line 256-571-7851 or their main line 256-582-2034

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