DNA evidence linked to the murder of a 39-year-old mentally disabled woman at a Carlsbad condominium a decade ago was released Tuesday in a renewed effort to find her killer.
A website dedicated to solving the murder of Jodine Elizabeth Serrin's cold cases has also been launched. Serrin was found dead in the bedroom of her house in the 1900 block of Swallow Lane on February 14, 2007.
Serrin's parents had come looking for her that day after not being able to communicate with her on the phone, and her father unknowingly interrupted the suspect involved in an act of necrophilia with the body. He told the man to leave, then discovered that his daughter was dead, according to the recently launched website, jodineserrin.net. She had been raped, beaten and strangled hours before they were found.
"It is incomprehensible to me that the individual was there after a murderous act. I did not know that when I entered, I thought I was a boyfriend," said Arthur Serrin, Jodine's father.
There was no sign of forced entry, which could indicate that the victim knew his attacker, according to the website.
The investigators collected the suspect's DNA from the crime scene and handed it to the sheriff's forensic laboratory. Although the authorities had a genetic profile, the suspect's DNA did not match any known offenders in a national database called CODIS.
Carlsbad police and county prosecutor's office staff recently sought help from Parabon NanoLabs, a Virginia-based DNA technology company that was able to speculate on the suspect's appearance and ancestry using DNA.
"When these new technology pieces arrive and allow us to move forward with the case once we've exhausted all the clues - that's phenomenal," said Carlsbad police chief Neil Gallucci.
Parabon used his Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service to determine the suspect's eye color, hair color, skin color, freckles and face shape and constructed a composite image of what the suspect might have looked like in 2007. That was combined with an estimated age and body -message based on witness statements, according to police and Crime Stoppers. However, the suspect in the Serrin murder remains at large.
Something like that, you start to relive that night. It has been difficult for the whole family, "said Lois Serrin, Jodine's mother.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Carlsbad Police Department Cold Case Team at 760-931-2225 or leave confidential advice through jodineserrin.net. Anonymous suggestions can also be sent by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
"We feel somehow, somewhere - he's out there. Someone knows something, whatever it is, that will help," said Jodine's father.
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