35 DNA samples for innocent matching

Scientific evidence in criminal investigation serves to find guilty and also to rule out innocent people. This is the case of the one that was practiced yesterday throughout the day at the Vigo National Police station within the framework of the investigation into the crime of Déborah Fernández from Vigo, which prescribes in six months.

Déborah (the woman appeared on May 1, 2002 in O Rosal) and the other extracted from a hair that was on her corpse.

The diligence, as reported by ABC.es, was authorized by the Tui judge after the victim’s family requested it. The investigators of the case, of the Section of Homicides and Disappearances, traveled from Madrid to be present in the same. Every 15 minutes a person had been summoned and sampling continued mid-afternoon yesterday.

Among those people was the victim’s mother, Rosa Neira, who expressed his hope on his departure from the police station that the times for the analysis of these tests will be speeded up, given that the statute of limitations for the crime is approaching, reports Ep.

Neira regretted the slowness with which the proceedings are being resolved and gave as an example the results of the biological studies carried out from the exhumation of Déborah’s body, last May, which have not yet been notified.

The mother acknowledged that this entire process, which began almost 20 years ago, with a judicial file involved and a reopening at the end of 2019, “is exhausting.” “We have been waiting for 20 years (…), but we are sailors and we will continue to row,” he said.

For her part, Déborah’s sister, Rosa Fernández-Cervera, explained that this taking of DNA samples, for which, in addition to her mother, people around the deceased young woman were summoned, “will serve to rule out.” It is mitochondrial DNA, not nuclear, so it serves to eliminate suspects but not to identify the perpetrator who has been wanted for two decades and who does not appear in the police DNA bases.

In his day, enough genetic material could not be obtained from the rope found at the crime scene, prepared according to the researchers. Déborah’s sister reiterated her wish that all pending tests could be done “on time”, before the prescription of the case (between April and May next year) because, otherwise, “they would be of no use”. “It seems that the court is not concerned with the statute of limitations.”

The family attaches more value to these genetic tests – from yesterday’s sampling – than the researchers, since, as has been said, they serve to eliminate candidates not to reach the author while the threat of prescription weighs on each other every day.

The court has chosen to authorize practically all the procedures that are requested before that dreaded May deadline arrives. Among them, the investigation of different vehicles that were seen in the area where Déborah disappeared and where her body was found days later.


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