DAILYKENN.com -- Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropolaare are dead. The teens were 19-year-old when vacationing in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The year was 1973. No arrest was made. Until now.
An 80-year-old black male has been charged.
According to pilotonline.com, Ernest Broadnax "was connected to the murders by 'advanced forensic technology,' Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said at a news conference last week. The chief declined to elaborate on what technology was used, but a New York law enforcement official said it was DNA that linked him.
"The 45-year-old cold case is now the oldest one in Virginia Beach to be cleared by arrest, police said."
From nypost.com ▼
Broadnax was busted at his home last Monday for two counts of murder and one count of rape in the decades-old slaying of Lynn Seethaler and Janice Pietropola, two 19-year-olds from Pittsburgh who were vacationing in the resort town.
He allegedly climbed through the window of the motel cottage the friends were renting on their last night in the town in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 30, 1973.
Pietropola was raped, strangled and shot three times on the right side of the head — while Seethaler was strangled, shot in the cheek and the temple and slashed in the throat with a broken wine bottle.
After the original investigation went cold, Virginia Beach police said a “strong” lead surfaced in the case in the fall of 2018.
Sources previously told The Post the break in the case was DNA evidence that linked Broadnax to the crime.
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