DNA gotten from an implicated cyberstalker has led to his arrest in the Texas slaying of a 21- year-old woman 17 years earlier.
Andy Castillo, 57, was implicated Friday of killing Cynthia Palacio in Lubbock in July 2003, leaving her partially naked body by the side of a rural road.
Authorities stated Palacio, the mother of a 2-year-old girl, had actually been strangled.
KWTX-TV reports that Castillo was detained and jailed in January on charges of cyberstalking genuine estate agents in the Waco area with salacious messages and threats to rape their kids.
Authorities said they believe Castillo cyberstalked other property agents in 20 cities and 10 states, the station reported.
After the arrest, deputies took DNA from Castillo with his permission.
That DNA matched DNA drawn from the Palacios crime scene, Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said at a press conference Friday.
He said investigators had actually striven to bring closure to Palacio’s household.
” This is why we kind of shudder at the term ‘cold case,'” Rowe stated.
The sheriff stated Castillo’s rap sheet consists of “great deals of charges” for violence against women.
He said investigators were seeking to confirm Castillo’s link to the murder of Linda Carbajal, 21, in New Offer, Texas, in 2004.
” If we have the ability to verify that through the same type of DNA test that we were able to make with Ms. Palacio, then … we will make that announcement and submit those charges,” Rowe stated.