CONWAY, Ark. - Advancements in DNA technology have enabled the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) to create images of a suspect in a cold case.
Pamela Faye Felkins, 32, was found dead on Feb. 3, 1990, one day after investigators believe she was abducted from the Crossroads Video store in Greenbrier. Her body was found at a dump site off Clinton Mountain Road. News reports from the time state that she had been raped and beaten to death.
A news release issued on Monday states that Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals assigned this case to investigators with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division and that Investigators Fowlkes and Hill have resubmitted evidence to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for DNA, toxicology, and trace evidence analysis.
"With the advent of particular technologies," the release states, "previously submitted DNA results have given investigators persons of interest."
Investigators recently sought the services of ParabonNanoLabs, a DNA technology company that specializes in DNA Phenotyping: the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence. Law enforcement agencies use the company’s DNA Phenotyping Service (known as Snapshot) to narrow suspect lists and generate leads in criminal investigations.
Using DNA evidence from this investigation, Snapshot produced trait predictions for a person of interest. Individual predictions were made for the subject’s ancestry, eye color, hair color, skin color, freckling, and face shape. By combining these attributes of appearance, a Snapshot composite was produced depicting what the person of interest may have looked like at 25 years old with an average BMI of 22. These default values were used because age and BMI cannot be determined by DNA.
Below are the results for the profile created from the Snapshot. The first image is a composite shown at the age 25. The second has an age progression to the approximate age of 55 years old.
More from the news release:
Do you recognize this man?
The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office has partnered with many organizations throughout this entire investigation with a common goal: to bring justice to the offender and closure for the Felkins family. Sheriff Ryals expresses his appreciation to the 20th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Arkansas State Police, Greenbrier Police Department, Conway Police Department, Faulkner County Coroner's Office, Arkansas State Crime Lab to include the medical examiner's office, and the FBI for their on-going assistance with this case.
The message we wish to send is our investigators are working diligently in honor of Pam Felkins. We will not stop until this crime has been solved. FCSO investigators are getting closer thanks to advancement in technology.
Sheriff Ryals encourages tips if you recognize the profile provided from the DNA Phenotyping Snapshot. Maybe you saw something that evening/morning and it has bothered you for 28 years. Call us. Email us. Here are some ways to leave a tip:
- Call (501) 450-4917, ask to speak with Investigator Hill or Fowlkes
- Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit www.fcso.ar.gov and click on CrimeTips to leave an anonymous tip
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