The waiting began when the last lead ran dry. |
Despite an identifying fingerprint, in blood, lifted by Waynesboro police from the scene of an August 2000 strangulation murder, the case went cold when routine comparisons of the print to others in a nationwide database eight years failed to produce a match in eight years.
“My feeling is, some day, we’re gonna get a call from the lab with a print,” said Sgt. Michael Wilhelm, an investigator with the Waynesboro Police Department for 13 years. “I just hope it comes before I retire.”
Investigators say unsolved crimes never get put away for good, but they become “inactive” without new leads, at which point police must wait for tipsters or new technology. Or luck.
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