Advanced Forensic Technology Helps Solve a Cold Murder Case
A murder case that’s been cold for nearly 32 years has resurfaced, with the suspected killer now under arrest.
In November 1986, Richard Finney, 75, was found stabbed 31 times in his East Mission Avenue apartment. The suspect had used two different knives in the brutal killing, and left only a bloody handprint on the wall. Technology at the time had not advanced enough to extract any DNA or fingerprint analysis from the handprint, and the killer remained at large.
In 2007, the Escondido Police’s cold case team used state-of-the-art DNA testing to reexamine the handprint, but were still unsuccessful in linking the blood evidence to anyone.
Nine years later in 2016, Forensic Fingerprint Expert Cassaundra Barnes used new technology to examine the evidence. With advanced equipment, she re-photographed the fingerprint and submitted it for a match. The higher quality print, combined with advancements in fingerprint comparison databases, led them to the suspected killer.
Nathan Eugene Mathis, 62, was arrested on April 18th on one count of murder. He reportedly showed no signs of emotion when he was arrested, and is being held on $3 million bail.
Technology advances continue to help crack past cold cases, bringing justice and closure to those effected by these heinous crimes.