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9-year-old’s rape, murder case in US solved after 62 yrs with DNA evidence

A nine-year-old girl’s rape and murder case in the US was solved almost after 62 years with the help of advanced DNA technology.

Washington (US): A nine-year-old girl’s rape and murder case in the US was solved almost after 62 years with the help of advanced DNA technology.

According to a report in the Independent UK, the victim was raped and murdered by a man after she went missing from her home in 1959. The man was 11 years older than her. 

The girl was selling campfire mints in Spokane’s West Central neighbourhood on the day of the incident and did not return home. Her body was recovered two weeks later. Meanwhile, the accused – John Reigh Hoff – was never found guilty. He died in 1970.

The accused was a US Army soldier and stationed at the Fairchild Air Force base in Spokane County when the incident took place. 

According to the report, prior to the evolution of advanced DNA technology, the case was so difficult to solve that it was dubbed as the ‘Mount Everest’ case by Spokane authorities. Earlier this year, the police department was invited to take a semen sample from the victim’s body to a DNA lab in Texas. Later, Hoff was found to be one of the suspects among three. The other two were his brothers.

“The department was able to confirm that it was 25 quintillion (18 zeroes) times more likely to be his DNA than another person,” the report stated.

first published:Nov. 23, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

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