Advanced DNA technology has led to a breakthrough in linking the longtime suspect in the 1960s' Boston Strangler serial killings to the last victim, Boston authorities announced Thursday.
A “familial match” produced by nearly 50-year-old DNA evidence has tied Albert DeSalvo to the 1964 rape and killing of Mary Sullivan, Suffolk Dist. Atty. Daniel Conley said during a televised news conference Thursday morning.
A judge has granted a request to exhume DeSalvo’s body, which will take place this week, Conley said. The remains will be taken to the chief medical examiner’s office, he said, noting that it could be a matter of days before an exact DNA match is made.
The new evidence is the strongest yet to link DeSalvo -- and only DeSalvo -- to the case, authorities said. Conley said the “familial match” excludes 99.99% of suspects but is not enough to definitively close the case.