DNA Solves 1972 California Cold Case

Case solved!

Too bad the perp bastard died in 2003!

source: MSN/ USA Today

Southern California investigators have solved the murder of an 11-year-old girl, nearly five decades after her Thanksgiving Day kidnapping.

Genetic genealogy identified Jake Edward Brown, who died in 2003, as the suspect in the disappearance and death of Terri Lynn Hollis, authorities said Wednesday. She vanished from her family’s home in Torrance, near Los Angeles, on Nov. 23, 1972. Fishermen found Hollis, wearing only a T-shirt, on a cliff below the Pacific Coast Highway in Oxnard the next day. 

Torrance Police Chief Eve R. Irvine speaks at a press conference in front of a 1972 booking photo of Jake Brown in Torrance on Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019. Through DNA evidence, the Torrance police department matched a suspect, Jake Brown who is deceased, to the murder of 11-year-old Terri Lynn Hollis in 1972. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)

“This crime is what nightmares are made of, and no family should ever have to go through such a tragedy.”

Eve Irvine
Torrance Police Chief

After 2,000 interviews over nearly half a century, Irvine said an analysis of public databases by Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs Inc. led them to a relative of the suspect. Police had preserved a DNA sample from Hollis’ body, and it matched. Authorities then dug up Brown’s body in Arizona to confirm the connection. 

The same DNA investigation technique has helped investigators crack numerous cold cases, from California to Pennsylvania, with evidence from old socks to razors. 

Brown had been arrested for two rape cases after Hollis’ death, Irvine said, and police are investigating if he may be responsible for other unsolved crimes. He also had multiple addresses and went by an alias. 

Randy Hollis, who was 16 when his younger sister was killed, teared up as he thanked police and urged families searching for answers not to lose hope. He said he still mourns his sister every Thanksgiving. 

“When you think about it, 47 years, it’s amazing that we’ve come to this day…….I only wish that my parents were still alive to see this.”

Randy Hollis
Brother of Victim

D California cold case: DNA solves Terri Lynn Hollis’ 1972 murder

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