1988 Georgia case closed, family DNA test identifies killer

ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) – Newly discovered genetic evidence helped authorities identify those responsible for the 1988 crime. Authorities believe it’s the first time DNA technology has identified both the victim and killer in his one unsolved case.

She was only 19 when Stacey Chachorsky was killed. Her body was found along a highway in Dade County not far from the Alabama-Georgia border. But for the past 33 years, investigators have known nothing more, including the identity of her and her killer.

Decades later, her family finally got some answers in the form of a new family tree DNA test. This technology is used to reliably identify a person’s DNA.

FBI Atlanta Special Agent Keri Farley said, “Today, almost 34 years later, we are standing here to tell you that we have finally identified the murderer of Stacy Chachorsky.

That killer has now been identified as Hank Wise. Investigators say they matched his DNA with that of living family members.

Wise was a truck driver whose route traversed the Southeast, whose DNA was also found at the scene. Wise had a criminal record in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

GBI and FBI are glad they survived.

“Last week I spoke with Stacey’s mother to tell her that I had figured out who the culprit was. And of course she was upset. I was grateful and just overwhelmed.

Weiss is no longer alive. He died in his 1999 violent car accident, officials said.

“This serves as a warning to all murderers, rapists, and violent criminals out there. The FBI and our partners will not give up. It may take years, decades. But we continue to seek justice for the victims and their families,” Farley said.

Source: www.cbs46.com

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