The 1988 murder of a 26-year-old mother in Pennsylvania, USA, has finally been resolved thanks to DNA evidence found in a letter sent to a local newspaper decades ago detailing the crime.
Anna Kane was 26 years old when she was strangled to death and her body was found on the Ontiloni Trail in the town of Berry on October 23, 1988. The case was dropped but reopened after new evidence was presented.
Nearly 35 years after Anna’s death, the killer has been identified as Scott Grimm thanks to DNA genetic genealogy technology, Pennsylvania State Police Attorney John Adams and Berks County District Attorney announced during a news conference.
After the 1988 murder, DNA evidence was collected from Kane’s clothes. When tested, they produced a male DNA profile, but no matches were found.
In 1990, the Reading Eagle newspaper published a cover story about Kane’s murder, asking for help with information about the case.
In February of the same year, the newspaper received an anonymous letter signed by a “concerned citizen” containing “several intimate details” about the murder, state officer Daniel Womer told NBC.
“This led investigators to believe that whoever wrote the letter committed the murder,” Womer said.
The saliva-sealed envelope in which the letter was sent was subjected to a DNA test. The code found matches the DNA profile found on Ken’s clothing.
Genetic genealogy testing for this profile was completed this year by Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia — a lab that has helped solve a number of cold cases, the network has learned.
The findings identified the likely suspect as a man named Scott Grimm, who died in 2018 of natural causes, at the age of 58. He was 26 years old at the time of Kane’s murder.
Womer admitted, from what was previously reported, that the victim worked as a prostitute and that Grimm could have been a client.
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