DNA technology helps solve 1980 murder of Eve Wilkowitz on Long Island

BAY SHORE, N.Y. — Slicing-edge DNA technological innovation aided solve a 42-calendar year-aged cold case murder on Extended Island.

Wednesday, the loved ones of a young woman murdered a long time back acquired their initial glance at photos of the person who killed her. As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports, they are grateful for prolonged-sought answers.

It was a 1980 tragedy and secret. 20-12 months-outdated Eve Wilkowitz was going for walks property from the Bay Shore teach station following returning from her occupation as a secretary in Manhattan. She was kidnapped and identified days afterwards, raped and strangled. Her murder was unsolved right up until now.

“We solved the 42-12 months-outdated homicide scenario of Eve Wilkowitz¬† … The perpetrator of that criminal offense, a Herbert Rice, who is deceased,” Suffolk County District Legal professional Ray Tierney announced Wednesday.

Her sister, Irene Wilkowitz, is overwhelmed with relief.

“I nonetheless can’t believe that I read individuals phrases, ‘We have identified the person liable for the dying of Eve,'” she claimed.

Tierney phone calls it a examine in persistence and determination. Law enforcement held DNA from the criminal offense and above the a long time ongoing to evaluate it to prison databases. Lastly, with new know-how and entry to general public DNA databases, they uncovered a relative’s match. They obtained a sample from a cooperating relative of Rice and exhumed Rice’s physique, confirming a match.

“This is my initially time observing him. I did not Google him even although I understood his identify for a pair of months now. I did not want to see the previous deal with that Eve observed although she was still alive,” Wilkowitz mentioned.

It is a little measure of closure for a household and relentless detectives.

“A ton of genuinely, seriously dogged investigators operating collaboratively with the support of an unbelievable family,” Tierney reported.

“Irene … who in no way misplaced faith in our investigators’ devotion,” Suffolk Law enforcement Commissioner Rodney Harrison said.

Rice died of cancer in 1991. Prosecutors consider it was a crime of prospect. He was residing on the block wherever Eve Wilkowitz was kidnapped and her human body dumped.

“Mainly she liked being a big sister to me. She by no means received a opportunity to fulfill her dreams,” Irene Wilkowitz mentioned. “I’ve lived these very last 42 a long time concerned all the time that I was going to be killed upcoming.”

This is to start with time a DNA match from a community databases has solved a Suffolk murder case. The victim’s sister is ¬†hoping it can support other households. She and prosecutors thank Rice’s family members in supporting to remedy this scenario.

Prosecutors explained they do not believe Rice was accountable for any other murders.