DNA Found at Occupy Site a Clue to 2004 Murder?
Sarah Fox's killer never found
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 9:54 AM CDT
This is an undated file photo of Juilliard student Sarah Fox of Pennsauken, NJ.   (AP Photo/New York Police Department, File)

(Newser) – Could DNA found at an Occupy Wall Street protest site help to solve a 2004 murder? In March, a chain was used to prop open a subway emergency exit door, allowing Occupiers to ride free. Police ran the DNA found on the chain in hopes of tracking down the culprit—but instead of a name they found a match. The New York Times reports that some of the DNA is the same as that found on a portable CD player belonging to Sarah Fox, a 21-year-old Juilliard student who disappeared while jogging in a New York City park. Her naked body was found nearly a week later, and the CD player was found nearby a few days after that.

Police stressed that the person who touched both the CD player and the chain may not be the killer. "Whether it’s a friend or the bad guy, we have to find out," a law enforcement official tells the Times. Authorities say Fox was strangled; her body was found surrounded by tulip petals. No one was ever charged, but suspicion focused on Dimitry Sheinman, an artist and construction worker, who has denied being involved.