DNA technology helps solve 42-year-old rape and murder case

A man who had raped and killed a woman 42 years ago in New York has finally been identified with the help of new DNA technology used by Suffolk County police. However, the man has died of cancer in 1991.

The victim, named Eve Wilkowitz, was on her way home to Bay Shore, in New York when the incident took place in 1980. The killer has been identified as Herbert Rice, who was 29 at the time of the crime. He used to live near the place where the victim’s body was discovered.

He had been convicted for minor crimes in three separate incidents before he finally killed Wilkowitz. The police were unable to trace him then as they did not have his DNA sample in the criminal database.