Eve Wilkowitz, a 20-year-old secretary working in Manhattan was returning home to Bay Shore, New York. Her captor raped and strangled her to death. This horrific act took place in the 1980s, exactly 42 years ago. After the rape and murder, Eve Wilkowitz’s body was found near her apartment on Long Island after being away for three days, the Mirror reports. On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Suffolk County police and prosecutors told ABC News that the killer is one Herbert Rice.

The man lived near where the victim’s body was found. According to the police statement, Herbert Rice, the rapist and murderer of the young woman, died of cancer in 1991. The resolution of this case could be carried out thanks to the DNA recovered from the victim’s body and which could be compared to DNA from a special database. This is a DNA database of many people who are outside the criminal justice system, according to the Mirror.

The rapist was identified thanks to the DNA of one of his relatives

“A match was made through a relative of Herbert Rice, whose body had been exhumed,” Suffolk District Attorney Raymond Tierney said. “Genetic genealogy” technology has identified Herbert Rice, the kidnapper, rapist and murderer of Eve Wilkowitz. This technique has also allowed the police and the FBI to solve a number of unsolved cases. It was Irene Wilkowitz, the victim’s sister, who was informed of the news. “She was never able to fulfill her dreams,” Irene said of her sister.

The rapist and murderer of a young woman © The Mirror

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