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Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« on: December 29, 2007, 10:29:46 AM »
$25,000 reward for information leading to the identity and conviction of the person responsible for this murder.
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On Tuesday January 27, 1998 at 11 a.m., a 23 year old female clerk working at an Adults Only Video in Sudbury was stabbed to death.  The victim was Ren?e Sweeney, a fourth-year Laurentian University student. Cash and other items were missing from the store.
 
 
Description of Suspect
White Male
Early 20s
Height: 5'10" - 6' (178 -183 cm)
Weight: 140 - 150 lbs (64 - 68 kg)
Hair: short and dark
Build: slim
Wearing glasses, jeans, running shoes and a grey-hooded top underneath a light weight teal coloured jacket
 
 
A short distance from the scene the suspect abandoned a lightweight jacket and white cotton gloves which was located by police dog track. The light-weight jacket  is of particular interest. It is a High Sierra make, made in Korea, and is a size large.  Inside the left breast area of the jacket was a large diaper pin.

As a result of further investigation, DNA evidence, suitable for comparison to a suspect, was located at and near the scene of the crime. The police are now using this DNA as an investigative tool and to date have eliminated over 1200 suspects primarily through DNA analysis.

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 06:20:28 PM »
This is badly needed to solve the murder of Sonia Varaschin.

I have been ragging on law enforcement to use it in her case.
Why wait 19 years?  Sonia's parents are not getting any younger.

Congrat's to this law enforcement in using the latest technology.

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« Last Edit: January 26, 2017, 06:27:55 PM by jellybean »

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2017, 10:23:28 PM »
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There is a huge amount of physical evidence: a windbreaker-type jacket made in Korea and sold only in California, a diaper pin in the pocket, and a pair of white work gloves. Police have a partial fingerprint and footprint.

Police hired an OPP profiler who said the suspect was male, in his late teens or early twenties, lived in Sudbury, and worked in the service industry.

As much as Toffoli put his faith in the DNA databank, he said the lack of a match indicated the man who committed this crime just hasn't committed any other major crimes in Canada that would compel him to give DNA to the registry.
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There is also another way to check this dna.  Apparantly, le can also look for a close match in the dna to anyone in the data base.  A close match might turn out to be the brother or other close relative of the actual killer.  Le go on the assumption that crime of all types runs in families.  If the find a close match in the system, then they have a name, and from there relatives can be tracked down and their dna taken.

This process has brought some results.

No point in having the dna sitting idle.  If it has been through the lab, and typed, and no perfect match found, perhaps he has a relative who is in the system, so why not use it in reverse?




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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2017, 10:34:27 PM »
Taken from Wiki

Familial DNA searching[edit]
Familial DNA searching (sometimes referred to as ?Familial DNA? or ?Familial DNA Database Searching?) is the practice of creating new investigative leads in cases where DNA evidence found at the scene of a crime (forensic profile) strongly resembles that of an existing DNA profile (offender profile) in a state DNA database but there is not an exact match.[28][29] After all other leads have been exhausted, investigators may use specially developed software to compare the forensic profile to all profiles taken from a state?s DNA database to generate a list of those offenders already in the database who are most likely to be a very close relative of the individual whose DNA is in the forensic profile.[30] To eliminate the majority of this list when the forensic DNA is a man's, crime lab technicians conduct Y-STR analysis. Using standard investigative techniques, authorities are then able to build a family tree. The family tree is populated from information gathered from public records and criminal justice records. Investigators rule out family members? involvement in the crime by finding excluding factors such as sex, living out of state or being incarcerated when the crime was committed. They may also use other leads from the case, such as witness or victim statements, to identify a suspect. Once a suspect has been identified, investigators seek to legally obtain a DNA sample from the suspect. This suspect DNA profile is then compared to the sample found at the crime scene to definitively identify the suspect as the source of the crime scene DNA.
Familial DNA database searching was first used in an investigation leading to the conviction of Craig Harman of manslaughter in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2004.[31] Craig Harman was convicted using familial DNA because of the partial matches from Harman's brother. When the police questioned Harman's brother, the police noticed Harman lived very close to the original crime scene. Harman confessed when his DNA isolated from the DNA found on the brick, matched.

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 05:04:40 PM »
https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/former-girlfriend-classmates-share-stories-about-murder-suspect

Former girlfriend, classmates share stories about murder suspect
Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles
Published on: December 12, 2018 | Last Updated: December 12, 2018 1:30 PM EST

So who is Robert Steven Wright?

The 39-year-old emergency room lab technician was arrested at the North Bay Regional Health Centre Tuesday by Sudbury detectives and charged with first-degree murder in the 1998 death of Laurentian student Renee Sweeney.

Sudbury police stated Wright, also known as Steven “Steve” Wright, was not someone investigated by police and does not appear to have a criminal history.

Hospital staff told The Nugget Wright worked regularly in the hospital’s emergency department.

“He was quiet and often kept to himself,” said one employee. “ I didn’t see him smile too often.”

Former classmates with Wright said he played football for Lockerby Composite School all through high school and won the “quietest” award in the Lockerby senior poll in 1998.

“He didn’t really stick out, but we had many mutual friends,” one classmate said. “He was a person I saw around the school, we just ran in different circles.”

A woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she met Wright through a popular dating website – Plenty of Fish.

“We only went out a few times, but he was so sweet and kind,” she said.

According to Wright’s dating profile he is a non-smoker, 6’1 who is a free thinker and wants children someday.

The profile site states he is single, non-religious, has a Bachelor’s degree and works in the medical field.

His social media profiles show him enjoying the outdoors like fishing and camping while surrounded by friends.

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2018, 05:38:27 PM »
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/steve-wright-bail-hearing-1.4942422

"Since his arrest on Tuesday, police say three search warrants have been executed in locations associated to him. Police say they are now "examining the items seized during the warrants."

Police add interviews are also being done with potential witnesses and officers are in the "process of reviewing all of the information that has been received in an effort to determine any link between him and Renee."

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Sudbury Police."

Maybe they're looking for a specific souvenir from 20 years ago?

Am I the only one wondering about that Plenty of Fish connection? Or about that job in a hospital?

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2018, 10:58:47 AM »
I am wondering how many people getting DNA kits this Christmas will take their info over to GEDMatch simply because they have a sketchy relative who they suspect of nefarious activity.

Best not to burn your bridges with extended family members over the holiday season. You never know where it could lead.

ETA:
Here's why GEDmatch may be better than the DNA database system used by police. It comes down to police using  outdated and less expensive technology.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/gedmatch-police-genealogy-database/561695/

Parabon's involvement in Rene Sweeney's case makes me think they took the DNA sample to GEDmatch. All my own speculation, of course.
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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2018, 01:33:43 PM »
I wanted to post this explanation of Parabon's Snapshot DNA. It's illustrated, which really helps to understand.

https://snapshot.parabon-nanolabs.com/kinship

This is why I think the Sudbury police hired Parabon.

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2019, 02:35:59 PM »
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/steven-wright-renee-sweeney-murder-bail-1.5028275

Tomorrow is the day for the decision on bail for Renee's accused killer, Steven Wright.

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Re: Renee Sweeney | Murder | Sudbury, ON | 1998
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2019, 11:00:01 AM »
Robert Steven Wright will remain in jail until his trial for the murder of Renee Sweeney.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/robert-steven-wright-bail-hearing-1.5073299