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Scovilles Honored for DNA Databank Efforts

Montpelier, Vermont - May 22, 2008

"We're honored to be here to honor Patty's memory," said Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont.

More than 150 people gathered at the statehouse to honor Ann and David Scoville and the memory of their daughter Patty Scoville who was murdered 17 years ago.

"I don't think there's any question that lives have already been saved as a consequence of your actions," said Bill Sorrell, D-Vt. Attorney General.

The Scovilles' action started in 1991 soon after their daughter Patty was raped and murdered in Stowe. Police had few clues and no suspects, but they did have the killer's DNA. The Scoville's spearheaded a tireless lobbying effort that led to the creation of Vermont's DNA databank in 1999. Five years later, police used the databank to identify their daughter's killer-- Howard Godfrey-- 13 years after her death.

The honors included naming the state's DNA lab for Patty Scoville.

"This is such an honor to have her name on this laboratory. I cannot tell each and every one of you how much I appreciate your love and support," said Ann Scoville.

"We had three goals: to keep Patty's memory alive, both her death and her life, and secondly we wanted to do whatever we could to ensure that the person who raped and murdered Patty would be brought to justice. We feel very much for other parents all over this country who are losing children to violent deaths," explained David Scoville.

Attending the statehouse ceremonies was one part of the Scovilles' trip to Vermont. The second: to attend the sentencing hearing on Friday for Howard Godfrey the man who murdered their daughter.

Brian Joyce - WCAX News

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