Police hope DNA testing will solve ‘59 murder of Albany teen

Authorities in the Albany area are hoping modern DNA tracing techniques will help solve the...
Authorities in the Albany area are hoping modern DNA tracing techniques will help solve the murder of an 18-year-old woman more than 60 years ago.(WRDW)
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT
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COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities in the Albany area are hoping modern DNA tracing techniques will help solve the murder of an 18-year-old woman more than 60 years ago.

The body of Ruth Whitman was exhumed from a cemetery in Glenmont last week. The case had been cold since the 1990s when police pursued what turned out to be a bogus tip.

Whitman disappeared in December 1959 after being seen leaving the scene of a fire at a house in her neighborhood.

Police have eyed deceased serial killer Robert Garrow, who lived in Whitman’s neighborhood at the time, as a suspect but tell the Albany Times-Union they have at least two other people of interest.

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