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Sat Aug 01 22:19:06 SAST 2015

Single pubic hair leads to murder suspect 17 years later

Sapa-AFP | 16 November, 2012 14:42
DNA illustration.
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A single pubic hair found at the scene of a fatal strangling 17 years ago has led to French police arresting a gendarme on suspicion of murder, police sources say.

The 39-year-old officer has been in custody since Thursday in connection with the murder of Stephanie Fauviaux, an 18-year-old student who was found strangled in the bath in her flat in the northern city of Lille in May 1995.

The only significant clue in a case that had baffled detectives was the solitary hair recovered from a bath robe which did not come from the victim.

At the request of Fauviaux's family, the hair was recently reexamined using new forensic techniques and the DNA traces it contained enabled the police to place the suspect at the scene of the crime.

The gendarme, who knew the victim, was arrested in the Riviera city of Nice and was expected to be transferred to Lille and indicted for murder later Friday.

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