Cigarette Butts Links Felon to 1995 Unsolved Slaying of Woman Found Naked in Ditch: Officials – Crime Online – What We Know!

Washington officers introduced on Wednesday that they consider they’ve solved the 1995 slaying of a girl who was discovered shot and bare in a ditch.

DNASolves.com and Kitsap County police mentioned Douglas Krohne would have been 33 when Patricia Barnes, 61, was shot within the head and left in a ditch in Olalla. Acquaintances reportedly final noticed Barnes, who lived in Seattle, days earlier than she a passerby discovered her bare and partially lined with a sleeping bag.

Barnes had no identified hyperlink to Kitsap County, the place she was discovered useless. Her garments had been by no means discovered, however her pink hair curlers had been found close to her physique, in accordance with the Kitsap Solar.

Investigators collected 130 items of proof in reference to Barnes’ 1995 slaying. Barnes was initially thought to have been murdered by Robert Lee Yates, often known as the Spokane Serial Killer. Yates, 69, is believed to have murdered no less than 11 intercourse staff in Spokane from 1975 to 1998. The convicted killer, who was captured in 2000, has been linked to no less than 16 murders.

Although the Kitsap Solar reported that Barnes was homeless, she was dissimilar to Yates’ different victims. Nevertheless, she was eyed as Yates’ potential sufferer as Yates shot all his victims within the head. Additional, Yates was completely excluded as a suspect after transportation receipts confirmed he was stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama, when Barnes was killed in Washington.

In April 2018, Kitsap County police reopened Barnes’ case and utilized DNA know-how in hopes of producing new leads. DNASolves.com reported that proof from the crime scene was given to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and different labs.

In August 2020, a second particular person — who was apparently the final particular person to have contacted Barnes — was additionally eradicated as a suspect after authorities executed a search warrant at a Texas residence.

Sooner or later, the DNA was resubmitted, resulting in the invention of a single male DNA profile from three items of proof from the crime scene. Investigators additional decided that the supply of the DNA had killed Barnes.

Kitsap County police elicited the assistance of Othram, a forensic family tree lab, to make use of Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to determine Barnes’ killer. In December 2021, Othram scientists reportedly produced a profile of Barnes’ suspected killer. Kitsap County police took that result in investigators in Nogales and Pima, each in Arizona, and bought a organic pattern belonging to Krohne. DNASolves.com reported that the pattern got here from a autopsy examination of Krohne, who was 54 when he died of unspecified causes in 2016.

The organic pattern was submitted to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in January 2022. The subsequent month, the state lab confirmed that Krohne’s pattern matched the DNA from Barnes’ homicide.

DNASolves.com reported that Krohne beforehand lived in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. He had 5 felony convictions in Washington, together with for theft. He was additionally arrested in 1994 in Pierce County for kidnapping.

“The linchpin on this case for me was {that a} cigarette butt was discovered on the physique dump location with the identical DNA (as three objects on or inside the physique),” detective Mike Grant mentioned, in accordance with the Kitsap Solar.

It stays a thriller how Krohne and Barnes had been linked.

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[Featured image: Douglas Krohne, Patricia Barnes/Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office]