DNA discovery brings new momentum to unsolved Bristol murder
, 2022-10-05 21:00:54,
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office has assigned a county detective to investigate a new lead in the 1990 murder of a Falls woman, after identifying a man who may match DNA evidence taken from the victim.
Donna Dickey, a 32-year-old mother of two, was found raped, sodomized and strangled to death in a small piece of Silver Lake Park located in Bristol Borough.
Her murder appeared unsolvable until 2017, when the case was reopened at the request of an amateur documentary filmmaker, and new evidence was found that suggested two potential male matches from DNA evidence taken from Dickey.
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The existence of the matches was not made public until last month, when this news organization revealed it in a story about the cold case and the previously unknown efforts of a California woman to solve it.
A retested DNA profile entered into the national database has at least one match — a convicted criminal in York County, South Carolina, named James Larry Parker, who died in 2014 at age 67, and who had connections to Bucks County around the time of Dickey’s death.
Now Bucks County Detectives are following up on a second potential DNA match discovered in the Dickey case file.
In a 1991 letter, the case’s original…
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