The cold case rape and murder of an 11- year-old woman has actually been fixed after 36 years however her accused killer isn’t around to be brought to justice, a Texas TV station reported Friday.
The victim was Julie Fuller, who was discovered slain in Fort Worth in 1983 after her abduction from an Arlington motel.
Fort Worth police now believe the killer was James Francis McNichols thanks to genealogical testing of DNA from the crime scene, Fox 4 Dallas reported
Julie Fuller was 11 when she was eliminated in Texas after being abducted from a motel. Fort Worth police said Friday her killer was James Francis McNichols based on genealogical testing of crime scene DNA, Fox 4 Dallas reported. McNichols died in2004
( Fort Worth Authorities Department/Fox4 Dallas)
The DNA screening tying McNichols to the criminal offense came 15 years after his death, the station reported.
Investigator Thomas O’Brien told the station he would have chosen that McNichols was around so that he could be held accountable.
” I suggest you’re speaking about an 11- year-old woman who was raped and murdered. That’s not something we wish to have on our books that’s not resolved.”
— Fort Worth Investigator Thomas O’Brien
The Arlington motel was where Julie and her family were remaining after moving to North Texas from England, the station reported.
Julie vanished as she was securing the garbage. Her body was found the next day.
” I always kind of would beat myself up that maybe I need to have been paying more attention and perhaps not so into myself,” Julie’s older sibling Lee Fuller informed the station by means of a phone interview. “The truth that I permitted my little sibling to just stray like that … I suggest, she was simply taking out the garbage.”
Fuller, who was 13 when his sis was eliminated, said he was thankful McNichols was dead.
” Just the idea of him and my moms and dads, particularly having for them to go through that of facing the guy, I believe would simply be dreadful,” he said.
O’Brien said McNichols was living in the Fort Worth area around the time of Julie’s murder.
He had a rap sheet however was never ever on the FBI’s radar and his DNA was never ever in a database, the station reported.
” I feel very specific this case would never have been fixed,” without hereditary genealogy, O’Brien told the station. ” Especially with him being dead, there would have been no other way to have solved this case.”