Ray Whitson Jr. is the suspect who died in the cold case 43 years old

Cynthia Frayer (L) and Kirk Wiseman (R)

Cynthia Frayer and Kirk Wiseman was found dead in the woods near a lake in Oregon in 1978. Now, more than 43 years later, police say the long puzzling double-murder case is closed.

“I’d love to say it was just another case, but it’s not,” Klamath County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan Towery speak in a press conference last month when the investigation was suspended. “I was just lucky enough to be the last person in the chair to get it over the line.”

According to Medford, Ore. CBS’s KTVL branchAfter going through the hands of many police chiefs and detectives, the case is now solved.

The case was first investigated by the sheriff Carl Burkhart, who had been a deputy at the time of the murder. His initial efforts showed that 17-year-old Frayer and 19-year-old Wiseman were shot multiple times with small caliber guns. In addition, the sheriff was about to find out, Frayer had been sexually assaulted.

Burkhart served as police chief for 12 years after the murders.

Frayer-Wiseman’s murders finally reach Detective KCSO Nick Kennedy, and although some progress has been made, the answer remains elusive. Kennedy retired in 2018. After that, the case file was briefly assigned to Detective . Geneva Lewiswho sent articles of Frayer’s clothing to the Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory in Bend for DNA analysis, by Klamath Falls, Ore. Herald and News.

In 2019, the case again moved to Towery’s desk.

“Early spring 2019, I received a call from Devon Mast at Bend Crime Lab, the forensic scientist was put in charge of the case, he worked with Detective Kennedy and he submitted Frayer’s costume,” Towery told KTVL earlier this week. “Flash forward to 2019, I received a call saying (Mast) had identified DNA from the victim’s clothing.”

The crime lab experts have even better news: DNA delivered a hit, and that hit was their potential suspect. More tests followed.

“Around the end of May, the beginning of June, I received an email from Ryan Chambers who is the head of the DNA department in Portland,” Towery continued. “He confirmed in his lab report that we have an unidentified male suspect who has been included in the national CODIS.”

All but fixed of recent coverage of cold cases in the news media is the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, which matches unidentified DNA profiles with those of known criminals. Often law enforcement agencies work with genealogists to consolidate their own results. That combined system is proven to be integral in the Frayer-Wiseman case.

“In the meantime that’s when I remember the TV shows and documentaries about Parabon,” continued Towery – referring to a private company specializes in DNA phenotype classification services for law enforcement organizations to help resolve cold cases.

The detective then contacted Klamath . District Attorney Eve Costello to register to use money for Parabon’s services.

Costello told KTVL: “It’s worth it, it’s a life, it’s a family suffering.

The first is the phenotypic outcome – a description of the suspected killer’s nationality, ancestry, and physical traits. The case is so old, however, that there are no suspects who fit those characteristics.

“Then we move on to the next step, the genealogy,” explains Towery to KTVL. “And that last report goes back to the identification Ray Whitson Jr.

The suspect died in 1996 and will therefore not be prosecuted.

However, authorities said, they are happy to provide a closure number for the families of the victims.

“There was a letter from Cynthia to her mother and father a few days ago, it was never in the mail, it was about what they were doing in Washington, about their hopes and dreams, and never sent a letter,” Towery added, again to Television. “I’ll give it to her mother.”

Former Klamath Falls police chief Dan Tofell remembers the sad and cold day when he was sent, as a young lieutenant, to the bodies discovered by a woodcutter on November 17, 1978.

“It was a very horrible scene,” Tofell said last month, based on the Herald and News. “It’s not every day that you see two young men killed their way. . . I still remember it very clearly. I can still picture it. You could say whoever did it didn’t have much respect for human life, the way bodies were handled. It looks like it was a very heartless murder.”

[images via handouts from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office]

Is there a trick we should know? [email protected]

https://lawandcrime.com/crime/authorities-name-long-dead-suspect-in-callous-murder-of-couple-killed-while-backpacking-in-oregon-in-1978/ Ray Whitson Jr. is the suspect who died in the cold case 43 years old

James Brien

24ssports is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@24ssports.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button