The killer of a young school teacher was discovered through genealogical DNA matching
Pennsylvania police arrested Raymond “DJ Freez” Rowe, 49, on the 25th of June 2018. He has been charged with the rape and murder of Christy Mirack 25 ago, reported People.com.
On the 21st of December 1992 the body of 25-year-old Christy Mirack was found in her home, a victim of a savage attack. Mirack was a sixth-grade teacher at Rohrerstown Elementary School, and when she didn't show up for work, the school principal became concerned and called at her home.
Mirak was found dead, strangled and sexually assaulted, and had been subjected to a savage beating. Though police gathered DNA samples from her body and home, there were no clues pointing to a probable suspect.
The police had DNA, but no one to compare it to. The potentially damning physical evidence was a dead end
“We never let this case go, but investigators had run out of suspects. This has not been easy. But one of the reasons we’ve stuck with it and never forgotten it is it’s so disturbing.”
Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman, People.com., 25th of June 2018.
But the Christy Mirack murder had been disturbing even for men who dealt with violence every day, and the detectives wouldn't give up.
Then something changed: police submitted their DNA sample to the database on the genealogy website GEDmatch and found a familial match. One of the killer's relatives had sent in DNA samples to GEDMatch in hopes of finding lost relatives and tracing the family's genealogical tree.
The detectives started an investigation which led them to suspect Raymond Rowe. The suspicion was not enough for an arrest warrant, and Rowe was placed under surveillance.
Undercover investigators collected used chewing gum and a water bottle that Rowe had discarded, and which contained his DNA.
Police forensic experts matched Rowe's samples to the suspect's found on the body and the crime scene and took the alleged killer into custody.
Rowe works in Lancaster County as a deejay at weddings, private parties, and school proms. Ironically, Rowe even worked at charity events raising money to help female victims of violence.
According to his website, Rowe claimed to have deejayed for celebrities Paris Hilton and Brooke Hogan and to have participated in events with Sting and Kenny Kravitz.
During the investigation in 1992, more than 1,600 people were interviewed, but Rowe, who was 24 at the time of the murder, was not even a person of interest and was not questioned.
Rowe is being held without bail and the Prosecutor is expected to seek the death penalty for Christy Mirack's senseless murder.