GALT, Calif. (AP) — A suspect in a 1988 sexual assault and killing of a 79-year-old girl in a small Northern California group has been recognized due to superior DNA testing accomplished on scrapings from the sufferer’s fingernails, authorities stated Tuesday.

Terry Leroy Bramble was 32 years previous when he sexually assaulted, stabbed and strangled Lucille Hultgren inside her residence, Galt Police Chief Brian Kalinowski stated.

Bramble was homeless and a registered intercourse offender when he died in 2011 of pure causes whereas dwelling beneath a bridge on Freeway 99 in Galt, Kalinowski stated.

Bramble’s DNA, collected throughout a 1992 sexual assault conviction in San Joaquin County, matched DNA present in fingernail scrapings collected from Hultgren’s physique, serving to detectives resolve the 34-year-old chilly case, stated Sacramento County District Legal professional Anne Marie Schubert.

“The fingernail scrapings grew to become the important thing to fixing this case,” she stated.

Schubert stated DNA testing has superior a lot {that a} very small quantity of genetic materials is required to get a DNA profile.

Previously, a DNA pattern needed to be the scale of 1 / 4 to have the ability to get a profile, however “now it’s lower than a billionth of a dimension of a Candy’n Low bundle,” Schubert stated.

On Could 23, 1988, two buddies who had gone to Hultgren’s residence to test on her after she didn’t attend church the day earlier than discovered her lifeless in her bed room and known as police, Kalinowski stated.

A mom of two grownup kids, Hultgren lived alone after her husband’s loss of life the earlier 12 months, Kalinowski stated.

The coroner at the moment stated Hultgren had died two to 5 days earlier than her physique was found and that the reason for loss of life was stab wounds to the chest and strangulation, Kalinowski stated.

Hultgren’s killing was the one chilly case within the city of 25,000 individuals 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Sacramento, authorities stated.

Authorities stated the motive for Hultgren’s killing continues to be unknown.