Putting a New C in CSI
August 14, 2013 10:32 AM Subscribe
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For the first time in the United Kingdom, cat hair DNA has led to the conviction of a killer
Police found eight cat hairs on the dismembered torso of David Guy, which had been abandoned on a Southsea beach. Investigators turned to an experienced forensic zoological geneticist
, who assembled a massive database of mitochondril feline DNA from veterinary blood samples. That database identified Tinker the cat as the likely
animal companion of the killer, one David Hilder, who was convicted last month of manslaughter.
Tinker was not charged with any crime and is "alive and well and living with new owners."