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Unsolved murder: Renée Sweeney killed 19 years ago today

Earlier this week, Sudbury Police released new composite image of her killer
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On this day in 1998, 23-year-old Laurentian University student Renée Sweeney was stabbed to death while working at Adults Only Video in Sudbury. Supplied photo.

On this day in 1998, 23-year-old Laurentian University student Renée Sweeney was stabbed to death while working at Adults Only Video in Sudbury.

 Her murder remains unsolved.

At the time, police said the suspect was a white man in his early 20s to early 30s, and released a composite sketch. But that suspect would be 19 years older now, and could have changed substantially in appearance. 

The suspect's DNA was left on Sweeney's body, as well as on a jacket he discarded after the murder.

On Monday, police released a new composite image of the Sweeney murder suspect. It was produced by Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia, using its Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service.

The technology attempts to predict appearance and ancestry from DNA samples. 

The Sweeney murder suspect composite shows that the suspect is a male of Northern European ancestry, with fair skin, blue/green eyes, brown/blond hair and a few freckles.

Eye glasses were added to the composite based on the description of eyewitnesses.

Greater Sudbury Police said on one of their Twitter accounts that many tips have come in since the new composite was released Monday.

Citizens with new information regarding the incident or the suspect are urged to contact the Greater Sudbury Police Tip Line at 705-675-9171, ext. 2320. Citizens can also provide information anonymously through Sudbury Rainbow Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS (8477). 



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