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DNA analysis leads to arrest in 1972 Waikiki fatal stabbing

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                                Tudor Chirila

    COURTESY RENO POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Tudor Chirila

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                                This undated image shows Nancy Elaine Anderson who died from multiple stab wounds in her Waikiki apartment in 1972.

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    This undated image shows Nancy Elaine Anderson who died from multiple stab wounds in her Waikiki apartment in 1972.

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                                Using DNA evidence from this investigation, Parabon NanoLabs produced trait predictions for a person of interest in the Nancy Elaine Anderson fatal stabbing case, Honolulu police said. Individual predictions were made for the subject’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite was produced depicting what the the suspect may have looked like at 25 years old.

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    Using DNA evidence from this investigation, Parabon NanoLabs produced trait predictions for a person of interest in the Nancy Elaine Anderson fatal stabbing case, Honolulu police said. Individual predictions were made for the subject’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite was produced depicting what the the suspect may have looked like at 25 years old.

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                                Nancy Elaine Anderson was discovered with multiple stab wounds in her apartment at 2222 Aloha Drive in Waikiki on Jan. 7, 1972.

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    Nancy Elaine Anderson was discovered with multiple stab wounds in her apartment at 2222 Aloha Drive in Waikiki on Jan. 7, 1972.

One of the services employed by investigators was DNA phenotyping, which is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from DNA evidence, according to HPD. Read more

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