Fort Worth police are hoping new technology will give them a break for the 1983 case of a little girl who was abducted, raped and murdered.
Julie Fuller, 11, disappeared after taking out the trash at an Arlington motel. Her body was found the next day in Fort Worth. Fuller’s family was moving to North Texas from England and in the process of buying a house when the violent crime occurred.
But now, a company has developed composites of what the killer would look like at age 25, 45, and 65 using DNA found at the scene from the suspect. Investigators don't know how old he was at the time of the murder.
Her family moved back to England after the murder. Julie's brother, who now lives in Richmond, Va., said seeing the composite was eerie.
“Surreal, it looks like a photo, think it is a person. Spooky feeling. Worse to show to my mother. She did not recognize. Hardest part showing it to my dad, did not grasp what he was looking at thought it was the killer,” Lee Fuller said.
Fort Word PD Detective Thomas O'Brien says before DNA phenotyping the suspect, they knew nothing about what he looked like.
The images have allowed them to eliminate a lot of suspects, and now they are hopeful that the images will lead to fresh tips from someone who recognizes this man.
"This cold case pulled at heart stings a number of detectives. It is a case you want to solve,” O’Brien said.