Dead man linked to 35-year-old brutal rape and killing spree by DNA evidence

The prime suspect in a string of vicious rapes and murders that took place 35 years ago is Harry Edward Greenwell, who died in 2013 at the age of 68.

The “I-65 Killer” or “Days Inn Killer” raped and killed three young women who worked as hotel clerks according to Indiana State Police, reports the Independent.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday (Tuesday, April 5), officers said that DNA had now linked Greenwell to the 1987 murder of Vicki Heath and 1989 murders of Jeanne Gilbert and Peggy Gill.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "This technique involves uploading a crime scene DNA profile to one or more genetic genealogy databases in an attempt to identify a criminal offender’s genetic relatives and locate the offender within their family tree.

"Utilising this process, a match was made to Greenwell with a close family member. Through this match it was determined that the probability of Greenwell being the person responsible for the attacks was more than 99.99%."

The first victim Vicki Heath was a 41-year-old mother of two who was found dead behind the Super 8 Motel in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on 21 February 1987.

She had been viciously assaulted before being shot twice in the head.

Shockingly, the murderer would go on to kill two women on the same day two years later on March 3, 1989.

Mary 'Peggy' Gill, 24 and Jeanne Gilbert, 34, were also found dead outside the motels they worked at.

A year later, another woman named only as Jane Doe was also stabbed and sexually assaulted however she managed to escape.

She described a man who had greasy grey hair, a lazy green eye and a beard.

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Speaking after the revelation, FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Herbert J Stapleton said: “These cases did not go unsolved all these years because of a lack of investigative inactivity—investigators continuously tracked leads across the country and did everything they could to identify the person responsible for these crimes.

“Now, through technological advances and strong, collaborative partnerships we were able to identify this person and, hopefully, start to bring closure and healing to the families of Vicki, Peggy, and Jeanne; as well as the surviving victim.”

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