New technology could help solve case | News

 New technology could help solve case | News

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has taken another step investigators hope will help close the office’s oldest cold case by using new DNA technology.

In April 1997, a body was found in Cotaco Creek near Arab and it has never been identified. The head, hands and front portion of the feet were removed from the body making it very difficult to identify much less solve the crime of murder.

The sheriff’s office has partnered with Parabon NanoLabs, which created a computer drawing of what the man probably looked like using DNA from the case. The technology can determine a lot about the victim – including hair color, eye color, skin color, etc.

The technology is called DNA phenotyping, which is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from DNA evidence.

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