DNA Found at Occupy Site a Clue to 2004 Murder?

Sarah Fox's killer never found
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 9:54 AM CDT
DNA Found at Occupy Site a Clue to 2004 Murder?
This is an undated file photo of Juilliard student Sarah Fox of Pennsauken, NJ.   (AP Photo/New York Police Department, File)

Could DNA found at an Occupy Wall Street protest site help to solve a 2004 murder? In March, a chain was used to prop open a subway emergency exit door, allowing Occupiers to ride free. Police ran the DNA found on the chain in hopes of tracking down the culprit—but instead of a name they found a match. The New York Times reports that some of the DNA is the same as that found on a portable CD player belonging to Sarah Fox, a 21-year-old Juilliard student who disappeared while jogging in a New York City park. Her naked body was found nearly a week later, and the CD player was found nearby a few days after that.

Police stressed that the person who touched both the CD player and the chain may not be the killer. "Whether it’s a friend or the bad guy, we have to find out," a law enforcement official tells the Times. Authorities say Fox was strangled; her body was found surrounded by tulip petals. No one was ever charged, but suspicion focused on Dimitry Sheinman, an artist and construction worker, who has denied being involved. (Read more Sarah Fox stories.)

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