November 29, 2021

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The murder of a 9-year-old girl in 1959 was finally clarified Other

Candice “Candy” Rogers, 9, was abducted on March 6, 1959, in Washington, D.C., while selling candy to fund her camp in Spokane. Two weeks later, his body was found in a nearby forest. The author has been formally identified after 62 years.




For two weeks, thousands of people gathered at that time to find the woman. On March 21, his body was hidden under a brush. An autopsy revealed he had been raped before being killed. The perpetrator of this horrific double crime has not yet been identified. No suspect has yet been arrested. One of the oldest “cold cases” in American legal history.

DNA matching

However, earlier this year the case suffered an unexpected setback. Experts have actually submitted a sperm sample from the girl’s mysterious executioner for DNA analysis. Faced with a hereditary database, which made it possible to establish a possible correspondence with three brothers. When we refined the research, it was finally revealed that one of them, John Reek Hoff, was the most wanted criminal. Spokane City Police confirmed the information on the city’s online site last Friday..

The teacher committed suicide

Unfortunately, investigators also discovered that this new suspect, N ° 1, had committed suicide in 1970, at the age of 31. To confirm the results of the analyzes, his body was exhumed and a new sample collection confirmed the police’s preferred study.

20 years during the facts

John Reigh Hoff was 20 years old at the time of the incident. He is not far from the family home of the victim Candice. In 1961, two years after the murder, he was sentenced to six months in prison for sexually abusing a woman. The victim survived the attack. The affair led to his dismissal from the Army at the age of 17. Before committing suicide in 1970 for unknown reasons, he continued his career as a door-to-door salesman.

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