DNA gives clue to 15-year-old killing
Thursday 18 March 1999
The cause of death for Cynthia Bolshaw, 50, was given as asphyxia. Among the people the police want to trace in connection with the case are more than 200 men named in her diaries. Evidence taken 9 October 1983 from the bungalow in Heswall, Wirral, where her body was found, has lain in a laboratory since then.But detectives hope that a recently recovered DNA profile may provide a major breakthrough in their hunt for her killer.
Meticulously kept diaries and address books containing details of more than 200 men were recovered from the house, but extensive interviews with former boyfriends failed to yield any clues.
Evidence showed that Mrs Bolshaw, who was divorced and a Christian Dior cosmetics adviser, drank sherry and brandy with a companion shortly before her death.
Superintendent Dave Smith, of Merseyside police, yesterdaytold a news conference at his force's headquarters that the DNA profile was a "significant" find. "Obviously, it is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle and the more pieces we put together, the more we can eliminate. As we eliminate people we should be able to get closer and closer to the killer."
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