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NYPD Makes Breakthrough in New Year’s Day 1987 Murder With DNA Evidence


On New Year’s Day 1987, a 19-year-old law firm employee named Linette Torres was stabbed and killed in Sunset Park, her body left in an auto body shop parking lot near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. DNA Info reports that the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad finally made a breakthrough after dusting off the file, thanks to DNA evidence that linked a former acquaintance of Torres’s boyfriend to the murder — 53-year-old Edwin Alcaide, a man with a long rap sheet that includes a 1978 rape. Police were able to make the identification by running a tissue sampling found under Torres’s fingernails through the state’s DNA database. On Thursday, Police arrested Alcaide, who currently resides at East 10th Street in Manhattan.

NYPD Breakthrough New Year’s Day 1987 Murder