Livingston County trying to solve 1983 killings


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Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:28 am
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PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) Investigators in central Illinois want the Livingston County Board to pay $20,000 so a crime lab can examine evidence in a 30-year-old double homicide.

Sheriff Marty Meredith tells WJBC Radio says he's hoping the Northeastern Crime Lab can find DNA evidence from the crime scene.

The case involves a man named Joe Edwards, who was accused of murdering his adoptive parents at their rural Pontiac home on Jan. 21, 1983. He still hasn't been found, but police reopened the case more than a year ago.

Meredith hopes the crime lab can get a DNA profile off evidence recovered from the crime scene, including shell casings, carpet samples, photos and even furniture.

The Livingston County Board is scheduled to vote on the funding request next Thursday.














 



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