Family Of Murdered Girl Scout Awaits New DNA Test Results
KOTV - 5/24/2007
Thirty years ago, the country was captivated by the story of three Oklahoma Girl Scouts, murdered at summer camp. No one was ever convicted of killing Doris Milner, Michelle Guse and Lori Farmer. Now, science could provide new clues. News On 6 anchor Scott Thompson reports parents say after 30 years, it's not a minute too soon.
Sheri Farmer's daughter Lori Farmer was murdered just days before her 9th birthday. Now, weeks before the 30th anniversary of her death, Sheri Farmer says the pain is as real as ever.
"It's different, but it's always there. And there is really not any closure," said Sheri Farmer.
No one has ever been convicted of her daughter's murder. Gene Leroy Hart was tried and acquitted. Eighteen years ago, Sheri Farmer got new hope when investigators turned to the revolutionary process of DNA testing.
Those first tests proved inconclusive, but science has exploded in the past 18 years. Investigators are reexamining the DNA with a new test that may finally give Sheri Farmer's family the answers they've been seeking for decades.
"I think it's a piece of the puzzle, and for 30 years, all my husband and I have wanted is the truth," she said.
Sheri Farmer says this could be the final DNA test. The OSBI lab says the test will use the last of the DNA sample from the scene. Sheri Farmer's sure she'll find answers.
"And if this doesn't provide an answer this time, maybe there'll be something else," she said.
Sheri Farmer says it's hard, especially now. Her family is all getting together for her first grandchild's high school graduation. While pictures show the parents her children grew up to be, one photo is frozen in time.
"We miss Lori, and when we're together in a time like this with our grandson's graduation, we realize we're not all here. You know, there's still someone missing who would have been a part of this family," said Sheri Farmer.
Even as a grandson graduates, Sheri Farmer says she'll still search for justice for the 8-year-old, forever frozen as her little girl.
Results from the DNA test could come as early as Friday.
New DNA Tests Planned In 1977 Girl Scout Killings
KOTV - 5/23/2007†
It was June of 1977. Oklahoma and the entire nation were shocked when three young Girl Scouts were found murdered at Camp Scott near Locust Grove. Eight-year-old Lori Farmer, 10-year-old Doris Milner of Tulsa and 9-year-old Michelle Guse of Broken Arrow had been beaten and sexually assaulted.
There was one suspect in the case, Gene Leroy Hart, who was a prison escapee at the time of the murders. He was tried and found not guilty in this case. But he was returned to prison for other crimes where he later died of a heart attack.
Many years later, DNA testing was introduced. In 1989, the FBI tested blood and semen collected at the murder scene, but the results were inconclusive. Now, as forensic technology continues to evolve, there is a new DNA testing method that could finally break this case. Itís called the Y-STR test. DNA analysts say itís especially helpful with sexual assault cases.
When DNA is collected from a rape victim, the sample contains mostly female DNA, which consists of XX chromosomes. There is a smaller amount of male DNA included, containing XY chromosomes. When mixed together, itís difficult to get a solid DNA fingerprint. But the new Y-STR test isolates only the smaller portion of male DNA, making it more likely they'll find a match.
And the possibility of a match, even 30 years later, brings with it the possibility of closure. The OSBI is conducting the new DNA test. They say the results could be back as early as this week.
The Mayes County District Attorney will announce the results.
FOR SOME REASON, THIS CASE RINGS A BELL WITH ME.† I THINK I REMEMBER IT AND THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT, I'M SURE I'VE HEARD OF THIS WAY BACK WHEN†
THE STATEMENT†††† FROZEN IN TIME†††† REALLY GETS TO YOU.
I HOPE THEY GET THE RESULTS THEY SEEK AS THE ARTICLE STATES IT IS THE LAST OF THE DNA SAMPLE.