Police: 1981 Murder of Duluth Teen Solved, Thanks to DNA
DULUTH (AP) - Duluth police say the 1981 murder of a teenage girl has been solved.
Police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Monday that a suspect has been linked by DNA to the cold case homicide of 17-year-old Carolyn Andrew.
Andrew was found with a gunshot wound to her head in Twin Ponds on May 6, 1981.
The BCA says DNA evidence links the killing to Cecil Wayne Oliver, who died in 1988 at age 30.
Investigators searched the DNA database in March 2014. That resulted in a partial DNA match to a known offender, meaning the suspect in the Andrew case likely was a close relative of the offender.
The new information led investigators to Oliver, who lived in Duluth at the time of Andrew's death.