DNA leads to suspect in 15-year-old murder

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Charges are now filed in a 15-year-old murder.

The Deseret News reports that, thanks to technology, a suspect has finally been charged.

In 1994 Lee Glass Thornton was found stabbed to death in her Salt Lake City home near 400 South and 800 West. At the time police suspected her former roommate -- Bernardo Carrillo -- because he had previously told people he was upset with her and was seen with items taken from her home after the crime.

DNA leads to suspect in 15-year-old murder

However, they had nothing concrete to tie Carrillo, now 43, to the crime.

Now, using new DNA matching technology, they do. Scrapings taken from underneath Thornton's fingernails match Carrillo's genetic profile.

He is now charged with first-degree felony murder.

An arrest warrant has been issued. Homicide detectives believe Carrillo is no longer in Utah but may be in Mexico, where he has family.

If you have any information about Bernardo Carrillo, you are asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.

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