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Fort Wayne Police release new composite of suspected Tinsley killer

<p >Using Snapshot DNA Phenotyping and a forensic artist, a new composite profile of April Marie Tinsley's suspected killer has been released by the Fort Wayne Police Department. This rendering allowed the artist to humanize features and use age progression in an attempt to accurately depict the suspect.</p> <p>Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Police Department</p>

Using Snapshot DNA Phenotyping and a forensic artist, a new composite profile of April Marie Tinsley's suspected killer has been released by the Fort Wayne Police Department. This rendering allowed the artist to humanize features and use age progression in an attempt to accurately depict the suspect.

Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Police Department

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016 08:59 am
Fort Wayne Police have released a new composite profile of a suspect who may have killed 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley in 1988. This marks the first composite profile released since last July when the police department began using forensic DNA analysis called Snapshot. Snapshot uses DNA to predict the physical appearance and ancestry of a DNA source. The Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service is provided by a company called Parabon Nanolabs out of Reston, Va.

Parabon provided a composite photo of what Tinsley's killer might have looked like. The killer was male, with fair to very fair skin tone, hazel or green eyes, brown or black hair and some freckles. There is a 70 percent chance he is of central or Eastern Europe descent.

Since July, Parabon has hired a forensic artist to humanize the photo in a better way with a natural aging progression, but emphasizes at the end of its report that using genetic history is a matter of percentage and does not guarantee that the computer rendering is an exact match for the actual person.

The Tinsley cold case has haunted the community for years. On April 1, 1988, the first-grader left a friend's house to get her umbrella and never returned home. Three days later a jogger found her body in a ditch on a rural DeKalb County road. She had been sexually molested and suffocated.

Police obtained evidence at the crime scene for a partial DNA analysis, but the new technique and technology have made a full DNA analysis possible. That DNA also matched DNA found in 2004 letters threatening other young girls.

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