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DNA clue could catch mother’s 1998 killer

Mystery:
Linda
Bryant’s
glasses PIC: PA
turned up
months
after her
murder

POLICE investigating the murder of a mother-of-two 20 years ago have developed a partial DNA profile for her murderer.

Officers hope the breakthrough could help them find the killer of Linda Bryant who was stabbed in the back, neck and chest as she walked her dog in October 1998.

DNA samples taken from 6,000 people after the murder had to be destroyed in 2013 because of changes in the law. But police are taking fresh samples to compare with the partial profile, known as a ‘crime stain’.

It was created using forensic clues from more than 100 exhibits found at the scene of the killing. Stuart Ellis, the detective inspector leading the investigation, said: ‘The crime stain is significant. It is frustrating that we only now have the advances in technology that enable us to have it.’

Mrs Bryant, 40, was killed in her home village of Ruan High Lanes near Truro, Cornwall. A sexual motive is suspected because her clothing had been disturbed.

Her glasses mysteriously turned up at the scene months later. So far, officers have taken fresh DNA from hundreds of people across Britain.