Local NewsAfter 57 years: DNA Leads to arrest in 1966 Missouri cold case

After 57 years: DNA Leads to arrest in 1966 Missouri cold case

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6:17 AM EDT, May 5, 2024

A 79-year-old Missouri man has been charged with the 1966 murder of a young woman after police discovered his DNA on part of the victim's clothing. The victim, who suffered about 125 stab wounds, was reported by the AP agency on Saturday.

Eighteen-year-old Karen Snider from Cook County was found by her husband, with their two-month-old daughter nearby in a cradle during the attack at their home.

The accused, who worked alongside the victim's husband on the railway, was an early suspect for police. A detective at the murdered woman’s funeral noted he had injuries to his hands, but, at the time, there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Nevertheless, the victim's family and her widowed husband believed he was guilty.

The daughter of the murdered woman, speaking to the ABC news portal 57 years after the event, expressed relief at the suspect's arrest, saying, "For the first time, I felt like my (deceased) father was beside me. I think they both can finally rest in peace now."

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