December 12, 2017

Police hope phenotyping will crack Sherry Black murder case

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — South Salt Lake police hope a new method of predicting what a person looks like based only on their DNA will help lead them to the person who killed Sherry Black seven years ago.

On Nov. 30, 2010, Black, 64, the mother-in-law of former Larry H. Miller Group CEO Greg Miller, was found stabbed to death inside her bookstore, B&W Billiards and Books at 3466 S. 700 East. To date, there is no known motive for the killing, and police have not identified a suspect or a person of interest in the case.

On Thursday — the seventh anniversary of Black’s death — family members and a coalition of law enforcers from South Salt Lake police, Unified police and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office announced a possible breakthrough thanks to new advances in DNA testing.

Investigators put their evidence through the DNA phenotyping process using the Virginia-based company Parabon-Nanolabs. Phenotyping predicts a person’s physical appearance and ancestry using genetic codes. Based on that information, researchers can predict skin color, hair color, eye color and facial structure using percentages.

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