DNA Helps Solve 26-Year-Old VT Cold Case with Arrest

Based on DNA results and evidence collected throughout the murder investigation of Sarah Hunter on Sept. 19, 1986, Vermont State Police detectives issued an arrest warrant for David Allan Morrison on First Degree Murder Charges, on June 30. Extradition arrangements are being coordinated through the Bennington County State Attorney’s office and the State of California.

In December of 2009, National City, CA Police contacted the Vermont State Police Department about the open homicide investigation where Morrison was a suspect. Information from interviews with Morrison by the National City Police Department renewed VT State Police suspicions that Morrison was responsible murdering Sarah Hunter.

The State Police obtained DNA from Sarah Hunter’s sister and ran a DNA test on the evidence taken from Morrison’s at the time of the Hunter’s murder. All maternally related individuals have the same mitochondrial DNA profile.

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