[Ed. – Justice delayed…]
The rape and murder of a 20-year-old Oregon woman nearly 40 years ago has been solved using DNA and forensic genealogy, cold case detectives said — but her accused killer isn’t around to face justice.
Anna Hlavaka had been murdered in Portland in 1979 and on Thursday authorities announced her killer was a man who was executed in Texas in 1999 for raping and strangling a cheerleader.
Detectives said they tied Jerry McFadden to Hlavaka’s murder after submitting DNA from the crime scene to the public GedMatch website for genealogical analysis. The same website was used last year to help solve more than two dozen cold case murders and rapes, including the notorious Golden State Killer case in northern California.
“Honestly, without this technology we would have never solved this case,” Oregon Police Cold Case Detective Meredith Hopper, the lead investigator in the Hlavaka case, according to FOX12 Portland.