• Decades-Old DNA Leads Klamath Falls Police to Democrat Murderer of Teen

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    Police in Oregon believe they have identified the killer who cruelly
    murdered two teenagers more than four decades ago, a case that had
    baffled investigators and haunted deputies ever since.

    Kirk Leonard Wiseman, 19, and Cynthia Lynn Frayer, 17, were found
    dead on a frigid November day near Lake of the Woods in rural
    Southern Oregon in 1978. They had been hitchhiking, according to the
    cops. Frayer had been sexually assaulted, the coroner found, and
    both she and Wiseman were killed by shots to the head from a .22
    caliber gun, a relatively small firearm. A person cutting firewood
    for the night discovered the bodies.

    Former Klamath Falls Chief of Police Dan Tofell told The Oregonian,
    “It was a very gruesome scene. It’s not everyday you find two young
    people killed in the way they were... I still remember it vividly. I
    can still picture it.”

    Authorities now believe Ray Whitson Jr. killed the pair. They were
    led to him after police discovered DNA on Frayer’s clothing in 2019.
    The 40-year-old genetic material was initially determined only to
    belong to “unknown male #1,” but advanced analysis fingered Whitson
    as the prime suspect in 2021. A laboratory that analyzed DNA in the
    Golden State Killer case, Parabon Nanolabs, extracted Whitson’s
    identity from the DNA found on Frayer.

    “You could tell that whoever did it didn’t have much respect for
    human life, the way the bodies were disposed,” Tofell said.

    Whitson, who had worked in a lumber mill in nearby Klamath Falls,
    died in 1996. He had no criminal record.

    “If we had been just 10, 15 years earlier... we would have been able
    to hold that individual accountable in a way that we now cannot do.
    What we have been able to do is bring closure for a family,” said
    Klamath County district attorney Eve Costello.

    She said the DNA evidence would have been enough to charge Whitson
    were he still alive, but she now considers the case closed.

    Frayer had a letter from her mother on her at the time when she
    died. It’s been kept as evidence all the years the case remained
    unsolved, but now police will return it to Frayer’s mother along
    with a pair of her daughter’s earrings.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/decades-old-dna-leads-police- to-murderer-of-teen-hitchhikers/ar-AASzS8F?ocid=msedgntp

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