â€œUnfortunately, due to the degradation of the evidence, the test results came back inconclusive,â€ said Matt Weintraub, Bucks County's chief of prosecution. â€œThey couldn't implicate our suspect, or rule our suspect out.â€
Like all homicides, the 20-year-old Bristol woman's case will remain open, Weintraub
said, but will no longer be an active investigation.
â€œPersonally, I'm disappointed,â€ he
said. â€œBut professionally I'm satisfied that we've done all that we can do to solve this case and bring some finality to it.â€
on Friday would not call Harry Ritterson a suspect.
said forensic experts believed from the beginning that the test was a long shot, since the evidence from the victim's body was in poor condition.
â€œIt was stored in plastic, which we now know is a terrible medium for preserving evidence,â€ Weintraub explained. â€œUnfortunately, this is a bridge we have to cross with many old, cold cases.â€
Despite the mystery not being solved, Weintraub
said that he
believed the unusual investigation gave detectives the best shot at cracking the case.
â€œI think it was a creative way to breathe life into a cold case.
I give Calkins Media 100 percent of the credit for getting us as far as we did.â€
broke the news of the inconclusive test to Shaun's family, and told them he
shared their disappointment.
â€œThey have handled this with grace and dignity,â€ he
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