45° F

Police hope DNA can help solve 50-year-old crime

Published On: Jul 14 2013 03:01:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 14 2013 10:30:15 PM CDT
police generic lights

Winnebago County authorities are hoping advancements in DNA testing technology can help them solve a murder that happened 50 years ago.

In 1963, Wayne Pratt was stabbed 53 times at a gas station along U.S. Highway 41 between Neenah and Oshkosh. There were suspects, but authorities have yet to catch his killer.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports DNA testing wasn't an option back then. But Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz said his department is now preparing to send evidence from the case to the state Crime Lab for testing. The hope is that DNA might link suspects to the crime.

Brian O'Keefe is administrator of law enforcement services for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He said DNA testing is the No. 1 reason why cold cases are getting solved.

  • pumpkin, halloween


    Best & worst cities for Halloween

    When it comes to Halloween, some cities know how to do it up more than others. Find out which cities promise a frighteningly good time.

  • World Series Game 1 Progressive Field wide shot

    Jason Miller/Getty Images

    2016 World Series: Cubs even things up

    The 2016 World Series started Oct. 25, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with the National League champion Chicago Cubs and the American League champion Cleveland Indians.

  • PHOTOS: Vilas Zoo announces new holiday lights exhibit

    The Henry Vilas Zoo will light up nights this holiday season with its new Zoo Lights event. The Zoo Lights exhibit will offer zoo-goers a stroll down Candy Cane Lane with festive lights and sounds. Zoo organizers announced the Zoo Light exhibit Wednesday and said thousands of lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland Nov. 25-Jan. 1.

    Admission is $7 and Zoo Lights will run Thursdays through Sundays beginning at 5:30 p.m.