DNA clue sparks new probe
10th August 1998
POLICE have made a crucial breakthrough in the Pat Grainger murder inquiry after scientists identified a human DNA sample from evidence gathered by officiers.
The development may lead to widespread testing among residents on the Parson Cross estate where Pat, 25, died.
Forensic scientist spent 11 months checking hundreds of items collected as potentional evidence during the massive inquiry.
Now they have found DNA on an item recovered from the crime scene, the area surrounding the Brook, where Pat’s body was found on the fringe of Parson Cross.
Senior officers announced the discovery today, exactly a year after Pat’s battered body was discovered semi-submerged in water and hidden under rubbish.
She had been missing for a week from her Buchanan Road home before her body was found but it is thought she was alive for most of that time.
The DNA, or genetic fingerprint, is now being checked against the records of convicted offenders held by police.
If those test provide no link, detectives will consider launching a widespread test among residents on the estate.
A positive match would not prove who had killed Pat, but it would provide strong evidence that the person matching the DNA had been in the area around the time of Pat’s death.
Det Supt Derek Deakin said today: “As a result of extensive forensic tests on material, scientists have been able to produce a DNA profile. This has taken so long because of the amount of material they had examine. “The next stage is for this to be analysed against our DNA data bank in the first instance. After that consideration will be given to the logisitics of a mass screening in the area.”
Detectives have also launched fresh appeal for anyone with information who failed to contact them during the initial investigation to make contact now.
“We are appealing to anyone who has, for whatever reason, information they have not yet shared with us. People may know things they don’t consider significant, but they should talk to us and let us be the juge of that,” Said Det Supt Deakin.
DNA clue sparks new probePOLICE have made a crucial breakthrough in the Pat Grainger murder inquiry after scientists…