We Demand DNA Testing in 37-year-old Unsolved Murder of Kristin O'Connell in Ovid, NY

We Demand DNA Testing in 37-year-old Unsolved Murder of Kristin O'Connell in Ovid, NY

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Jolynn Rice started this petition to NYS Senate District 54 (Seneca County) Pam Helming and

In August of 1985, twenty-year-old Minnesota college student Kristin O'Connell traveled to Ovid, NY, a small town in the Finger Lakes to visit a young man she met on Captiva Island over Spring Break. The day after she arrived, Kristin called her mother from a payphone and told her she was cutting her trip very short and planned to leave for home the following day. That same night, Kristin disappeared.

A team of local firemen would find Kristin's rain-soaked naked body on August 16th in a nearby cornfield, less than a quarter of a mile away from the trailer where she was staying. Kristin had been stabbed multiple times, and her throat had been slashed. Testing would prove her body was free of alcohol at the time of her death, and the coroner would find no signs of sexual assault.

In the thirty-six years since Kristin's death, despite their efforts, State Police have not made a single arrest in connection with her murder.

In 2010, the Phyllis O'Connell learned from the office of the New York Inspector General that a forensic scientist who was the center of an evidence falsification case may have worked on the original evidence.

The State Inspector General's report said Garry Veeder falsified data in dozens of cases and falsified records to conceal his fraudulent work. Phyllis O'Connell hopes he didn't compromise any evidence from the original investigation. "In 1985 he did the initial evidence," said O'Connell. "I don't know how many items but anything to do with cloth because that's what he handled."

"I mean my god - this is an important job they're doing there and how could they allow this and not be supervised properly? It's just beyond me," said O'Connell.

O'Connell says the Inspector General's report is just another reason why she wants the New York State Department of Health to grant an exception for a world-renowned DNA lab in the Netherlands to test evidence from her daughters case. 

At that time NYS senator Mike Nozzolio, Senator Chuck Schumer and MN Senator Amy Klobuchar supported the efforts of then DA Barry Porsch and NYS Police Investigator Jeff Arnold to use new touch DNA technology offered by a Dutch team of touch DNA experts. This request was denied by NYS commissioner of health, Howard Zucker.

PLEASE HELP US PUT PRESSURE ON LAWMAKERS AND THE DA TO GET THE DNA TESTED BY AN OUTSIDE LAB

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