A former medical caretaker has been captured in the 1993 virus case murder of a 20-year-old Alaska woman after agents were motivated by the innovation used to seize the suspected ” Golden State Killer,” as per law requirement.
On April 26, 1993, Sophie Sergie was found explicitly ambushed and killed in a residence restroom at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, authorities said at an Alaska State Troopers news meeting Friday.
She was cut on various occasions and shot in the back of the head, as indicated by the charging record.
Sergie, a previous University of Alaska Fairbanks student, had been at the school visiting companions, per specialists.
Suspect DNA was recuperated and transferred to CODIS (the Combined DNA Index System, a law requirement database) yet no suspect was recognized, as indicated by the Alaska State Troopers’ meeting.
Decades passed by without advancement in her secretive homicide – until April 2018, when the cold case unit learned of the hereditary parentage innovation used to distinguish the suspected “Golden State Killer” in California, experts said.
The novel investigative technique of genetic genealogy takes an unknown killer’s DNA from a crime scene and identifies the suspect through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to genealogy databases. Since April 2018, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than 20 other suspects.
Steven Downs, whose DNA coordinated the DNA abandoned from Sergie’s rape, was arrested Friday without occurrence in Maine, where he was living, as indicated by the charging archive.
Downs, presently 44, was a 18-year-old student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1993 and was living in a similar building where Sergie was found, as indicated by the charging archive.
In the wake of going to the University of Alaska from 1992 to 1996, Downs lived in Arizona and afterward came back to Maine where he grew up, the charging record says. He most as of late filled in as a medical caretaker, per the report.
“Downs has no past captures, and his DNA has never been transferred to the national database,” the archive said.
Maine State Police officers talked on Wednesday to Downs, who “expressed that he recognized Sergie from publications that had been set up around the season of the homicide, yet affirmed that he didn’t have any acquaintance with her and didn’t trust he had ever been in contact with her,” as indicated by the charging archive.
“I recall the photos, it’s horrendous, poor young lady,” Downs told police, the charging record said.
Downs is expected to be taken back to Alaska, experts said.
“While nothing can mend that misfortune, we trust that this capture today conveys some component of harmony to the Sergie family,” Amanda Price, magistrate of the Department of Public Safety, said at Friday’s news gathering.
“Equity for Sophie is at last is achievable, included Colonel Barry Wilson, Director of the Alaska State Troopers. “I am both pleased and humbled to help convey some conclusion to Sophie’s family.