Criminal Law

DNA Evidence Leads to Man’s Arrest 33 Years After Woman’s Body Found in the Woods

Authorities have made an arrest in the 1989 slaying of a woman after DNA evidence linked the Georgia victim to a man in Indiana.

Deer hunters found the body of Mary Louicile Willfong, 23, in a wooded area off of Interstate 75 on Nov. 21 of that year, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. An autopsy found that she was sexually assaulted and strangled, but DNA samples did not match any potential suspects during the investigation.

In March 2019, the sheriff’s office reopened the case and resubmitted evidence to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab due to new technology. Marc Mansfield, the new investigator on the case, also took samples to DNA Labs International in Florida for a genealogy trace.

Read the source article at nbcnews.com

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