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    They solve after 40 years the murder of a teenager stabbed 59 times in 1982

    The victim was 15 years old at the time of the murder, and for decades the main suspect was her boyfriend, with whom she had a date on the day of the disappearance.

    A resident of Hawaii (USA) has been charged with the murder of a Californian teenager that occurred 40 years ago. Identifying him after four decades was possible thanks to the new forensic technologieswhich made it possible to verify that the blood and fluid residues found on the victim’s body belonged to him, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in California reported Tuesday in a press release.

    The accused was identified as Gary Ramírez, currently 75 years old, who was arrested on August 2 at his home located in the Hawaiian county of Maui. Police authorities indicated that Ramírez will be extradited to California, where he will be sentenced for the crimes of murder, kidnapping and rape Karen Stitt, who was 15 years old at the time of her death. They also indicated that, if he is found guilty, she will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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    On September 2, 1982, Karen Stitt left her home in the city of Palo Alto to visit her boyfriend, David Woods, in the city of Sunnyvale, California. After meeting her, the girl’s boyfriend commented that he saw her heading towards the bus stop. The next day, Stitt’s body was found by a delivery truck driver behind a concrete wall in some bushes, 100 meters from the bus stop where she was last seen alive.

    The police detailed that the girl was naked, with her hands tied with her own shirt and her leather jacket tied around her left ankle. An autopsy revealed that Stitt she was stabbed 59 timesIn addition to being sexually assaulted.

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    For some time Woods was considered the prime suspect in his girlfriend’s death, but DNA analysis in the early 2000s showed that blood and sperm samples collected from both Stitt’s body and the scene of the crime did not coincide with his, for which he was acquitted.

    Finding the killer through new genetic technologies

    The case continued uneventfully until 2019 when Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Detective Matt Hutchison teamed up with a genealogist, who used public genealogical databases to search for possible relatives who had the same DNA profile found instead. of the facts. The result was reduced to four people who shared the same genetic material, all of them children of Rose Aguilera Ramírez, who lived in the Californian city of Fresno.

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    Hutchison said he sought out one of Gary Ramirez’s sons for a DNA sample, believing there was a high probability his father was the suspect in the homicide. In April of this year, the detective reported that DNA collected from the mouth of Gary Ramírez matched the traces of blood that were impregnated in the leather jacket of Stitt and on the cement wall. Last week, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s crime lab confirmed the genetic identification.

    “Behind every old murder file in every major police department is a person, a heartbreak and a mystery,” said District Attorney Jeff Rosen, who concludes, “The mystery of Karen Stitt’s death has been solved thanks to advances in forensic science and a detective who never, ever gave up.

    Source: RT

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