ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WVEC) -- Investigators hope they have a break in the cold case of woman who was killed in 2004.
On Thursday, the Isle of Wight Sheriff's released the composite of Carrie Singer's suspected killer. The sheriff credits the company Parabon for its revolutionary technology.
"There's no question, this is the individual... we call it a 'person of interest,' but let me just state that's our suspect," said Sheriff Mark Marshall.
Sheriff Marshall said investigators have hope for finding Carrie's killer now, with the latest suspect composites.
"You know, now we've got our focus is totally in a different direction," said Randy Patrick, who used to be the lead investigator on the case.
That new focus is coming from new technology. "Parabon Snapshot" uses DNA phenotyping to do more than match fingerprints: it builds a possible suspect profile.
"Pigmentation, face shape, ancestors. And that allows the investigators primarily to exclude suspects," said Dr. Ellen Greay.
The "Parabon Snapshot" of Carrie's killer indicates the suspect was a male of Latino descent. Police released two images of the suspect, showing him at approximately age 25 as well as age 55.
Investigators have searched for Carrie's killer for 13 years and counting.
"Even though it's 13 years later, we certainly want to bring closure to the Singer family, and certainly for Carrie," said Sheriff Marshall.
Carrie was last seen on June 30, 2004. Authorities said she was walking on Jefferson Avenue from the King James Motel in Newport News. Her body was later found in a field in Isle of Wight County. She had been beaten to death.
"These cold cases, while they may go cold, they never go inactive. They're never closed," said Marshall.
Thirteen years is a long time for a suspect to be unidentified, but the sheriff said he has reason to believe the public can help find him.
"There is somebody here in Hampton Roads, somebody had ties. This individual had some kind of tie to the Peninsula area," said Marshall.
Investigators say with these new suspect composites, they believe they will have answers in the next few days as to who this suspect is.
If you recognize the suspect or have any information about Carrie Singer's murder, you're asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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