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DNA identifies Christine Jessop's killer 36 years later

DNA identifies Christine Jessop's killer 36 years later”

Calvin Hoover, of Toronto, Ontario, was 28 years old in 1984.

DNA has identified Calvin Hoover (seen here in the late 1990s), of Toronto, as the killer of nine-year-old Christine Jessop in 1984.

"It has obviously generated many more questions", Ramer said.

Christine was kidnapped after leaving her home in the north Toronto area of Queensville on October 3, 1984. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed to death. "Suicide was too good for a person who committed such a horrific crime on such a lovely innocent child".

She was described as a girl "who loved life, her family, school, and sports".

"Hundreds of community members assisted in searching for Christine", Toronto Chief of Police Jim Ramer said at a press conference today.

Semen found in Christine's underwear was sent to Othram, a Houston, Tx. based lab that specializes in genetic genealogy - a technique where DNA evidence is matched with samples submitted to commercial genealogy services.

Genealogist Cece Moore used family tree research to identify Talbott, whose DNA was found on Van Cuylenborg's body and also on her trousers and zip ties found in the couple's van.

"We are asking for the public's help as we look for information about Calvin Hoover, in an effort to create a timeline of his whereabouts and the last moments of Christine's life", he said. I mean, this has impacted the entire judiciary and the legal system ... "And it's from that lineage that the investigators then work downwards to be able to try to identify potential persons of interest".

"I'm probably one of the few around that was still here when that murder was being investigated", Ramer said". While he did have a "dated" criminal record, it was of no significance to the killing.

How genetic genealogy helped identify Christine Jessop's killer2 hours ago8:07
How genetic genealogy helped identify Christine Jessop's killer2 hours ago8:07

Lockyer also thanked police for sticking with the case. They also said they were looking for information on his later activities.

At that time, the fresh evidence was DNA that conclusively established Guy Paul Morin was not the donor of semen stains found on Christine Jessop's underwear.

Ramer, who had only been on the job for four years when Christine was murdered, said finally solving this case offers a real sense of closure. "There are no winners".

When new DNA evidence came to light, he successfully had the conviction overturned.

February 7, 1986 - Trial by jury acquits Morin of Jessop's murder. "When DNA exonerated me in January, 1995, I was sure that one day DNA would reveal the real killer and now it has".

"I think I'd be pretty safe to say that we're all genuinely relieved that the person actually responsible for this has finally been identified".

However, subsequent advances in DNA testing technology led to his acquittal in 1995.

Guy Paul Morin at the inquiry into his wrongful murder conviction in the Christine Jessop case, December 19, 2005.

I am not here to revisit that historical investigation.

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