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Face Of Murder Suspect Emerges In Decades-Old Cases

Brian Bull

Eugene Police say they now have a composite rendering of an at-large suspect in three cold case murders. As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, authorities – and grieving relatives – hope the breakthrough leads to an arrest.

The three murders all happened roughly 30 years ago. Using DNA evidence from the crime scenes, a company called Parabon Nano Labs used what it calls Snapshot Phenotyping…which predicts the physical appearance and ancestry of a suspect.

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Photos of homicide victims Gladys Hensley, Geraldine Toohey, and Janice Dickinson (left to right) were on display at today's EPD press conference.

EPD Detective Jennifer Curry says this could help solve the murders of victims Gladys Hensley, Janice Dickinson, and Geraldine Toohey.

“The goal is to generate new investigative leads," says Curry.

"We feel like we have a lot of good evidence in this case.  But we need investigative leads, so that we can attach that DNA to a person.”

The EPD paid $3600 for each DNA analysis, and got its suspect sketches in September.

One rendering shows the possible suspect at 25, the other at 55, both with average weight.

Credit Parabon Nano Labs
Renderings of the suspect in a series of sexual assaults or murders committed in the late 1980s.

Kay Mascall, sister of victim Janice Dickinson, says it gives her hope that the culprit will be caught.

“I just want to ask you to please come forward, no matter who small you might think what you know or saw, let them decide if it’s important here," she says to anyone listening who may have tips for the investigation.  "Our family would really appreciate that.”

Tips can be called in to (541)682-5162.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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