Jan. 13 marks 25 years since 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped and killed in Arlington, inspiring the nationwide Amber Alert system for lacking and endangered youngsters.
Police nonetheless working the case many years later introduced plans Wednesday to submit gadgets of proof initially obtained within the investigation to new forensic testing that will yield a extra full DNA profile of the killer.
Officers didn’t reveal what the proof was however mentioned they hoped to have the it submitted in February. It isn’t clear how lengthy it can take for the proof to be examined.
Hagerman was kidnapped whereas driving her bicycle in a parking zone on the nook of Abram Avenue and Browning Drive, simply blocks from her grandmother’s East Arlington house on Jan. 13, 1996.
4 days after she was taken, police discovered Amber’s physique in a creek close to a North Arlington condo complicated.
Detective Grant Gildon mentioned he hoped developments in know-how will assist them unlock the thriller of who killed Hagerman.
Gildon factors to genealogical DNA testing carried out on a really small pattern in the 1974 Fort Worth cold case of Carla Walker that led to an arrest in September. Related testing led to the arrest of the Golden State Killer in 2018 and in November 2020, 60-year-old Roy Charles Waller was convicted of raping nine women in their homes between 1991 and 2006.
Arlington police mentioned they’ve confidence the case can be solved and hope that they’ll present justice to Hagerman and her household.
Throughout a information convention Wednesday morning, police relayed what they described because the “correct suspect and car descriptions” primarily based on the report of the lone eye-witness to Hagerman’s abduction. Police mentioned the witness reported seeing a person carrying Amber, as she screamed, towards a black pickup truck.
Arlington police mentioned the kidnapper was in his 20s or 30s, both white or Hispanic and had a medium construct. He had brown or black hair and was beneath 6 ft in peak. The witness mentioned the truck was a 1980s or 1990s single-cab, fleet measurement pickup with a brief wheelbase and that it was in good situation. There was no chrome or striping on the truck and there was no seen injury. The truck had a strong piece of glass alongside the again of the cab with no sliding window.
Arlington police nonetheless obtain ideas within the case, greater than some other chilly case, however nobody has ever been arrested. So far, police mentioned they’ve acquired greater than 7,000 ideas associated to Hagerman’s kidnapping and homicide.