Army investigators use DNA to create images of suspect in 1987 homicide

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QUANTICO, Va. — Thirty years after Army Spc. Darlene Krashoc was found dead in a parking lot in Colorado Springs, the mystery of her death remains unsolved.

Now, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is releasing two images of what the suspect might look like, or might have looked like, and offering a $10,000 reward in the case.

Krashoc’s body was found early in the morning on St. Patrick’s Day in 1987, according to Army investigators.

At the time of her death, Krashoc was an active duty soldier stationed at Fort Carson. She was 20 years old.

Darlene Krashoc (Photo: U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command)

According to investigators, the night before her death, Krashoc went to a club named Shuffles at 1861 S. Academy Blvd. with some members of her unit. Investigators say she spent the evening drinking and dancing, and was last seen leaving the club between midnight and 1 a.m.

Patrolmen from the Colorado Springs Police Department found her body several hours later at 5:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind a restaurant at 2710 S. Academy Blvd.

Investigators believe her body was placed there after she was killed.

“After a thorough crime scene examination, collection of evidence, and hundreds of interviews, the case went cold,” CID officials said in a statement released Monday.

Last year, investigators submitted 27 pieces of evidence for additional DNA testing and phenotyping.

Phenotyping is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.

“Individual predictions were made for the suspect’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling and face shape,” investigators stated. “By combining these attributes of appearance, a ‘Snapshot’ composite was produced depicting what the suspect may have looked like.”

Specialists came up with composite images depicting what the suspect looked like at the age of approximately 25 years old and what the suspect might look like now, at the approximate age of 50 to 55.

The true age of the suspect remains unknown.

The composites are scientific approximations of appearance based onDNA, and are not likely to be exact replicas of appearance.

Environmental factors such as smoking, drinking, diet and other nonenvironmental factors such as facial hair, hairstyle and scars — cannot be predicted by DNA analysis.

Anyone with information or if the DNA prediction results resemble someone you might know or knew at that time, contact a local Army CID office or CID Headquarters in Virginia at 1-844-276-9243 or 571-305-4375, or email, the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or the Pikes Peak area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.

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