New DNA Matching Technology


JUSTICE .. WHICH SEEMS HOPELESS IN MANY UNSOLVED MURDERS .. MAY BE A LITTLE CLOSER TO REALITY FOR THE FAMILIES OF SOME COLD CASE VICTIMS. ADVANCEMENTS IN DNA TESTING HAS BROKEN SOME OF THE COLDEST CASES IN THE VALLEY, WITH ONE OF THEM RAISING THE QUESTION: COULD UNSOLVED KERN CASES BE NEXT? ALEX AFTER A VISALIA MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK FOR THE 1996 RAPE AND MURDER OF A FRESNO STATE STUDENT, WE INVESTIGATE WHAT THESE IMPROVEMENTS COULD MEAN FOR UNSOLVED COLD CASES HERE. 17’S VANESSA DILLON HAS MORE. VANESSA 23 YEARS AGO, DEBBIE DORIAN WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED IN HER APARTMENT IN FRESNO. THE GRUESOME IMAGES OF HER UNSOLVED DEATH HAUNTING HER LOVED ONES FOR DECADES. IT SEEMED THE CASE WOULD NEVER BE SOLVED .. THAT IS UNTIL LAST WEDNESDAY, WHEN FRESNO POLICE ANNOUNCED THEY HAVE CONNECTED 52-YEAR-OLD NICKEY DUANE STANE TO THE COLD CASE. A VICTORIOUS CLOSE TO A TRAGIC LOSS, ALL THANKS TO NEW DNA TECHNOLOGY. THESE IMPROVEMENTS COULD BRING JUSTICE FOR THE NUMEROUS VICTIMS WHO WERE SILENCED TOO SOON, BY COLD-BLOODED MURDERERS. “I WISH I HAD BEEN THERE, I WISH I COULD’VE PROTECTED HER.” VANESSA: 23 YEARS AGO, THE UNIMAGINABLE HAPPENED. EVERY PARENT’S LIVING NIGHTMARE BECOMES REALITY FOR THE MOTHER OF A FRESNO STATE COLLEGE STUDENT. “AND I CAN’T IMAGINE AS A FATHER, GOING INTO AN APARTMENT AND FINDING MY DAUGHTER WHO HAD BEEN BOUND AND GAGGED AND RAPED AND MURDERED.” VANESSA: IN AUGUST OF 1996, DEBBIE DORIAN FATHER FOUND HER BODY INSIDE HER FRESNO APARTMENT. HER BRUTAL KILLING – UNSOLVED FOR DECADES – UNTIL LAST WEEK. “WE DO HAVE A DNA MATCH BASED ON GENETIC GENEALOGY.” VANESSA: 52- YEAR-OLD NICKEY DUANE STANE WAS NAMED THE PRIMARY SUSPECT IN DORIAN’S MURDER AFTER A BREAKTHROUGH IN DNA MATCHING TECHNOLOGY. VANESSA: A BREAK THROUGH, NOT UNLIKE SOME WE’VE SEEN IN KERN COUNTY IN RECENT YEARS. “DAWN KOONS WAS FOUND INSIDE HER BATHTUB, LIFELESS, NUDE, SEXUALLY POSED, BLOODY, BRUISED AND BOUND.” VANESSA: THE KILLING OF DAWN KOONS WAS ONE OF THE COLDEST CASES EVER SOLVED IN BAKERSFIELD. AND THE 1978 BAKERSFIELD KILLING AND THE FRESNO STATE MURDER HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: VANESSA: A REVOLUTIONIZE D APPROACH TO DNA MATCHING TECHNOLOGY AND A TENACIOUS COLD CASE UNITS. IN BAKERSFIELD, THE TEAM IS MADE UP OF B- P-D HOMICIDE DETECTIVES AND A COMMITTED FORENSICS TEAM. “PROCESSES ARE IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY NEW DATABASE THAT ARE AVAILABLE ANY NEW PROCESSES THAT ARE AVAILABLE IS BEING LOOKED AT IS BEING RESEARCHED AND BEING CONSIDERED.” VANESSA: LAST YEAR, WE BROUGHT YOU THE NEWS OF A NEW APPROACH IN BPD’S ATTEMPT TO SOLVE COLD CASES IN BAKERSFIELD. BPD’S COLD CASE UNIT WAS CREATED IN JANUARY OF 2017. IT’S PURPOSE? TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE NUMEROUS VICTIMS WHO SHARE STORIES SIMILAR TO KOONS’ AND DORIAN’S. “IF SOMETHING HAS BEEN MISSED, WHAT HAS NOT BEEN DONE, WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, WHAT CAN BE REDONE?” VANESSA: IMPROVEMENTS TO DNA MATCHING TECHNOLOGY AND A UNIT FOCUSED ON SOLVING THESE CASES COULD MEAN HOPE FOR THE LOVED ONES OF VICTIMS WHO WERE TAKEN FROM THEM TOO SOON. “THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY THAT MAYBE EVEN THOUGH THAT EVIDENCE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TWO, THREE, FOUR TIMES, THIS MIGHT BE THE ONE TIME WITH THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY THAT WE BREAK THE CASE.” FRESNO POLICE ALSO CONNECTED STANE TO FOUR SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE VISALIA AREA THAT OCCURRED FROM 1999 TO 2002. WITH RECENT IMPROVEMENTS IN DNA MATCHING TECHNOLOGY, AUTHORITIES SAID THEY ALSO COMPARED THE DORIAN INVESTIGATION WITH THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER CASE, BUT DNA SAMPLING LEAD THEM TO STANE. AND IN ANOTHER COLD CASE, BAKERSFIELD POLICE ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN FINDING A PERSON CONNECTED TO A 1976 HOMICIDE. MARK REVANAUGH WAS FATALLY SHOT WHILE WORKING AT THE 7-ELEVEN YOU SEE PICTURED HERE, AT 2331 CHESTER LANE. POLICE SAY THEY BELIEVE A WOMAN BY THE NAME OF BARBARA MORRIS, WHO IS BELIEVED TO BE IN HER 60’S TODAY, MAY HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MURDER. THE B-P-D COLD CASE UNIT IS HOPING TO SPEAK TO HER ABOUT THE CASE, ANYONE WITH INFORMATION OR KNOW HER WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 327-7111. VANESSA IN THE NEWSROOM, VANESSA DILLON, 17 NEWS.

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