Police In Pennsylvania Solve Almost 60 Year Old Murder
Courtesy: MGN

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) – DNA and a 20-year-old genealogy expert helped state police identify the man who abducted, raped and murdered a young girl in a case that rattled a Pennsylvania coal town nearly six decades ago.

Nine-year-old Marise Ann Chiverella of Hazleton was taken as she walked to school one morning in 1964.

Her body was later found in a waste coal pit.

Police identified her killer Thursday as James Paul Forte, a bartender with a record of violent sexual assault.

He died in 1980.

Police used new DNA technology to develop leads, and a college student who helps police crack cold cases put together an extensive family tree that helped investigators narrow their suspect list.

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