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Media Advisory: Detectives Release Suspect Composite in 1992 Unsolved Homicide of James Essel; DNA Evidence Used to Create Composite

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 9, 2017


Press Conference regarding Montgomery County Police Department Cold Case detectives investigating the 1992 unsolved homicide of James Essel in the Comus area.  Detectives have recently sought the services of Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon), a DNA technology company in Virginia that specializes in DNA phenotyping: the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence.  Using DNA evidence left by the suspect at this homicide scene,  Parabon's Shapshot DNA Phenotyping Service has produced a composite (referred to as a Snapshot composite) depicting how the suspect in this case may have looked.  This composite will be shown during the conference.


Cold Case detectives - will discuss the homicide investigation and review information obtained during the investigation.

Dr. Ellen Greytak, Director of Bioinformatics at Parabon NanoLabs - will provide a brief overview of the technology and science behind Parabon's Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service


Monday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Media: Please arrive early to allow time for the security check-in process.


Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters (Lower Level)

100 Edison Park Drive

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

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Release ID: 17-158
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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