Current Matthew Tilley charged for 1993 murder of Suzanne Poll

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26 years after Suzanne Poll was brutally stabbed to death in her workplace a man has been arrested through the use of Familial DNA testing


She was counting takings at the end of her shift at a stationery shop in Salisbury, in Adelaide's north, when a man entered the business about 9:00pm.

"For reasons that are completely unknown to us, it led to a vicious and sustained attack that has led to her death," Major Crime officer in charge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.

Superintendent Bray said the man left a "considerable amount" of blood in the Sands & McDougall shop in John Street.

DNA from the blood was tested many times over the years until finally, a few weeks ago, a positive result came back saying the offender had a "familial DNA link" to someone in the national police DNA database.

Police then "worked through the family" to identify who was the most likely offender, Superintendent Bray said.

At the time of the crime, the arrested man lived about 300 metres from the shop where Mrs Poll was murdered.

DNA was taken from the 46-year-old man on September 6, and it came back with confirmation of a match yesterday.


Old TV still of a stationery shop with crime tape in front

He was located in Ballarat today and arrested by Victoria Police.
 

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Its great that crims like this cant rest easy with DNA advancements.

I was starting to think that no arrest would ever be made in the Poll murder, but with offender's DNA left at the scene it was perhaps only a matter of time.

It would be good to see an arrest in other SA cold cases such as Corinne Marr and Daniel Shepherd, but there was perhaps less evidence left behind at these 2 crime scenes.
 

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They got his DNA by blood left at the scene I read somewhere so maybe they had a fight but depending on where it was this might be really interesting if he never was a suspect and a local where his DNA might have been found in there for some other reason.
Trying to recall the police thought it was a homeless person and they cut themselves with the knife used

The original photofit might be interesting to look at again

Maybe a fresh thread for this
 

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Trying to recall the police thought it was a homeless person and they cut themselves with the knife used

The original photofit might be interesting to look at again

Maybe a fresh thread for this
Here we go, new thread GreyCrow .

I couldn't live for over twenty years with something like that in my past, wondering every day if today was the the one they'd come for me.
 

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Here's the original b/w identikit, he looks a bit scruffy.
Thats a pretty good photofit.

''scruffy'' is why police thought a homeless person was responsible

More will come out I guess yet I cant help wondering if any friends or family considered he could be a suspect
 

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"familial DNA link"

Hmmm makes you wonder about the use of ancestry.com kind of thing
From gedmatch which is a site that gathers DNA files from people who volunteer these to enable cross matching IE instead of buying 5 kits from 5 companies you can send to gedmatch and link up with ancestry to family tree dna

An email from a few weeks ago

The purpose of GEDmatch is to provide tools to our fellow genealogical researchers

However, we also wish to remind our members of another use that we believe is especially important.

That use is to bring a sense of closure to families who have suffered deeply because a violent crime was perpetrated on them or a member of their family. Here is a story one family victim placed on YouTube.
 

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Some archived stuff from 2009. Talking about an international DNA search


DNA samples from two of the state's most baffling cold-case murders will be the first checked against millions of offender profiles around the world.

Interpol, the world's largest international police organisation, with 54 affiliated countries, will examine samples taken from the scene of the 1993 stabbing murder of Suzanne Poll and the shooting of Robert Sabeckis nine years ago.

South Australia Police believe the samples they have sent – if a match is found – will identify the two killers.

Major Crime detectives said the "strong" male DNA evidence in each murder belonged to the prime suspects, but the samples had not matched any of Australia's more than 323,000 DNA profiles. The murders are not linked.

"It's entirely consistent with the consciousness of guilt, that people who commit murder, flee. We're not saying that's happened, but it's a possibility that hasn't been explored.

In SA, DNA samples are taken from criminals serving a jail term and from suspects interviewed by police over serious crimes with penalties including jail terms.

Shop assistant and mother of two Mrs Poll, 36, was stabbed more than 10 times in a frenzied attack at a newsagency in Parabanks shopping centre, Salisbury.

Her killer burst into the Sands & McDougall shop where she worked and repeatedly stabbed her with a knife. The killer was injured in the struggle and he left his blood and a clear footprint in a pool of Ms Poll's blood on the office floor.
 

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New details.

Ms Matteo told the court Ms Poll had been "a soft target" and was stabbed more than 40 times with a large knife "from the back that exited her chest".

She said it was clear Ms Poll had tried to escape the attack because she "had retreated … into the office area which wasn't accessible to the public".

The prosecution also alleged Mr Tilley's DNA was found in multiple areas of the store, including on a floor, doorhandle and filing cabinet, as well as "an item in Ms Poll's handbag that was stored in the office".

 

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