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After a 30-year wait, investigators have pictured the face of an Army specialist’s killer.  This is an amazing break-threw for the scientific community.  For years, specialists have dabbled in scientific research about DNA samples.  Now, it is put to good use.

Investigators used a process called phenotyping, relying on DNA samples obtained from the crime scene to reconstruct the likely face of the mysterious man.  Cold cases never die.  The man who murdered Spc. Darlene Krashoc and dumped her body behind a Korean restaurant in Colorado Springs on St. Patrick’s Day in 1987 can now be seen.  This allows investigators an opportunity to reopen other cold cases.


“These cases never die,” Colorado Springs Police Lt. Howard Black told The Colorado Springs Gazette.  Police always want to bring criminals to justice.  More importantly, investigators seek to find resolution for friends and family members.  People deserve to know what happened to these victims.

Krashoc was only 20 years old when someone beat her, bit her, sexually assaulted her and strangled her. The killer used a coat hanger and leather straps. She also may have been tossed from a moving vehicle, according to her autopsy.  Now, police are able to provide a real life description of the culprit.


A week before her grisly murder, the Fort Carson soldier told her mom she was upset and wanted to leave the Army.  We had no idea there was a killer on the loose.  No one knows why she said those words.   She didn’t say who or what was troubling her.  Rumor has it that a local lover was causing her trouble.

The night when the killer met up with her, Krashoc went out dancing and drinking with fellow soldiers. She left the Shuffles nightclub at 1 a.m. on March 17, 1987. Just over four hours later, she was found dead.  This is a tragic story.

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, working with a DNA tech company, extracted DNA from crime scene evidence in 2003 and, in 2016, those samples were used to reveal the face of Krashoc’s killer, Stars and Stripes reported.  Now, investigators can open the case once again.  Hopefully, this time they can find the culprit and bring him to justice.

To be sure, the science is not perfect.

“It is important to note that the composites are scientific approximations of appearance based on DNA strands.  They are not likely to be exact replicas of any particular man’s appearance,” the Army reported in a news release.  However, they do give a clue as to what the general body type and style of person whom the police must seek.  Investigators are hopeful.

Even an imperfect picture may advance a decades-old cold case.

“Any opportunity that can move a homicide case forward, we’ll take that opportunity,” said Black.  People want the truth.  Victims deserve justice.  We must do all that we can to provide them with that.

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