Arrest of suspect in 1973 Newport Beach murder is latest example of how emerging techniques help crack cold cases


For more than four decades, the DNA sat on the top shelf of the Orange County Crime Lab – evidence the killer left behind on the dress of a Corona del Mar girl found strangled to death in a ditch in Newport Beach’s Back Bay on July 7, 1973. For years, the abduction and slaying of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe haunted the Newport Beach PD and community. Now, thanks to cutting-edge DNA analysis and genetic geneology techniques that were unimaginable back in the Nixon era, Orange County law enforcement officials have arrested a Colorado man they believe is responsible for…

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