DNA leads cops to Cecil Trent in 1994 Lisa Fracassi murder
Nearly 30 years after an aspiring nurse was strangled to death, DNA has led officials to her suspected killer.
The police determined that Cecil H. Trent, 29, strangled Lisa “Lika” Fracassi, 37, to death in Waikiki, A press release Honolulu Police Department States.
She was last seen alive in the early morning hours of October 31, 1994; his body was found on 3 November.
While her murder remained unsolved for decades, the Honolulu Police Department renewed efforts to solve it in 2020, with assistance from the Hawaii Department of Attorney General, Crime Prevention and Prevention Division. assistance to justice, according to the press release. They used the services of the Forensic Genetic Genealogy Research Laboratory Parabon NanoLabsin the hope that the DNA might point to his killer.
Using DNA found at the crime scene, genealogist Parabon CeCe Moore was able to compare DNA and re-examine fingerprints left at the scene. The search resulted in the identification of Trent “as the primary, and likely the only suspect in this case,” police said.
Trent was 29 at the time of Fracassi’s murder. He died in 2013 in Honolulu of congestive heart failure at age 48, Hawaii News Now reports.
A Star-Bulletin article included in the police press release shows that Fracassi was an exotic dancer who had her sights set on becoming a nurse.
“He was a caring person, like a nurse, who spent hours with people who needed help,” her friend said. America St. Thomas said this outlet in 1994.
“She wanted to be a nurse and started dancing so she could save money to go to school,” St. Thomas said. “But with a regular job, it’s hard to go to nursing school. Once you get involved in the nightlife, it’s even harder.
An obituary published in Fracassi’s hometown newspaper, The Buffalo Newsin 1994 says Fracassi earned a degree in nursing from Broward County University and worked as a nurse in Fort Lauderdale before moving to Hawaii in 1990. (In 1978 there was a Broward Community College, now known as Broward College, which offered 2-year nursing degrees; nurses must pass a separate licensing exam to practice in the state of Hawaii.)
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