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ORLANDO, Fla. - Thanks to new technology, the Orlando Police Department has used DNA evidence collected in 2001 to make a composite sketch of a man they believe to be a murderer.
On Oct. 21, 2001, Christine Franke was a 25-year-old University of Central Florida student working to complete a degree in education.
After a working a shift as a bartender and waitress at Cigarz Bar at Universal CityWalk, she drove home.
She was found the next day, dead in her Audubon Park apartment.
OPD detectives have been working on the 15-year-old cold case since then, but have not been able to identify a suspect or make an arrest.
DNA evidence was collected at the scene of Franke's slaying, but it has never caused a hit in the FBI's Combined DNA Index System.
Orlando police Chief John Mina announced Friday that exactly 15 years after Franke's death, a new step had been made in the case using DNA phenotyping.
DNA phenotyping is the process of predicting physical appearance and ancestry from unidentified DNA evidence, Mina explained.