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WPD Releases Genetic Composite Image of City Park Murder Suspect

[CREDIT: WPD] A genetically - based composite image of the man Warwick Police suspect murdered John Fay.
[CREDIT: WPD] A genetically – based composite image of the man Warwick Police suspect murdered John Fay.
Warwick, RI — Warwick Police have released a composite image of a suspect in the murder of John (Jack) Fay in Warwick City Park on the cusp of the three-year anniversary of Fay’s death, in hopes the public can help them solve the crime.

Warwick Police requested a Snapshot Phenotype Report from Parabon Nanolabs Inc. on a DNA sample believed to be from Fay’s murderer, producing the composite image, according to a release on Monday.

The test technology is approximately four-years-old and uses the DNA profile to make an analysis to predict the physical appearance and ancestry of the sample owner. It is commonly used to develop investigative leads, narrowing suspect lists and identifying unknown remains, police report.

“It is important to note that this composite is not necessarily an exact match to the person who committed this crime. This technology uses a baseline age of 25 years and an average BMI (body mass index). It also doesn’t predict hair length, facial hair or environmental factors such as dyed hair, body piercings or tattoos,” the release cautions.

“The release is also intended to keep this crime fresh in people’s minds, and to encourage them to contact Warwick Police with any knowledge of possible suspects or circumstances surrounding this murder,” according to police.

If anyone has information that might be relevant to the case, they should contact Sergeant Canning at 401-468- 4236 or Detective John McHale at 401-468-4267. The anonymous TIP line can be reached at 401-732-TIPS.

Rob Borkowski
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