In the U.S. one year ago, on September 17th, 6-year-old Coralrose Fullwood was abducted from her bedroom in North Port, Florida. She was raped and murdered. Her case has yet to be solved. Her mother blames it on a DNA backlog but authorities disagree. It is unclear if 80% of all DNA for the past six years hasn’t been entered, why they are so confident it hasn’t impacted her case.
FBI officials admit only 20-percent of all DNA received since 2001 has actually been processed.
According to the Charlotte Sun-Herald, her disappearance remains a top priority for Police.
“More than 1,000 interviews have been conducted,” said Lt. Detective Kevin Sullivan, of the year-long investigation that extended throughout Florida to Massachusetts, Indiana, New Hampshire, Texas and New York. “We have done about 450 DNA swabs … Anytime we get a hot lead, we follow it through. We take all of them seriously. Each lead usually opens more doors to new leads.”
In a somewhat cryptic message at a press conference earlier today, Police Chief Terry Lewis had this to say.
“Take no comfort or solace that you’re not in jail yet,” Chief Terry Lewis said at a news conference marking the first anniversary of the child’s body being found in the woods near her home. “That day is coming.”
…Even though the DNA found on the girl’s body showed she was raped by someone outside of her family, Lewis said “we’ve never cleared Mr. Fullwood nor have we identified Mr. Fullwood as a suspect. I’d like to leave it at that.”