DNA identifies dead man as cold case killer


HAMILTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A 20 year search for a killer is over after DNA technology made a positive identification.

What’s more, the killer is dead. He died from a drug overdose in 2002.

DNA samples from a hair sample confirm that Wendell Profitt murdered Emerson Skinner, 76, in his Ludlow Street home back in October 1994. He was stabbed multiple times.

The hair used in testing was taken from the victim’s hand after investigators said Skinner obviously put up a fight against his attacker.

Advanced DNA technology identified the hair as Profitt’s. The results were released to police Tuesday.

Hamilton police say 28 people were interviewed as possible suspects over the years.

Proffit was considered a suspect early on, but could never be connected to crime until his hair finally gave him away.

Detectives met with the victim’s family members confirming that the case was solved and to give them closure in their 20 year wait for justice.

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