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.