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Police hope new technology solves 2002 murder
ORANGE - by Lauren Huet
Law enforcement officers are relying on new technology to solve the 2002 murder of a little girl. They're working for a breakthrough in the death of four year old Dannarriah Finley. She was taken from her home in Orange on July 4, 2002. Her body was discovered four days later on Pleasure Island.
Captain Cliff Hargrave was a patrol supervisor in the Orange Police Department when Dennarriah Finley was murdered.
"Twelve years ago, my youngest was three," said Hargrave, "so, yes, it had an effect."
Now he's detective captain. During the last 12 years, binders of evidence have been piling up.
"They developed a suspect back when the case first happened. As of now that person is still a suspect. We haven't had any evidence to indicate it was anyone else," said Captain Hargrave, "but we just, at this time and back then, we don't have enough evidence to proceed with charges."
Police say four year old Dannarriah was taken from her home on Fourth Street in Orange on July 4, 2002. July 8, 2002, her body was found wrapped in a sheet on Pleasure Island. At the time, investigators said she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
Law enforcement officers hope new technology provides the break they need.
"Techonology is one of the things that is actually at play right now. We've actually resubmitted some old evidence for new testing," said Captain Hargrave.
He also asks people to come forward if they have any information.
Dannarriah's mother says she hopes the case is solved as soon as possible so that she and her family can have closure. She also urges parents to always watch their children.
"It is a case for people like myself," said Major Sparky Robinson of the Orange Police Department, "who have been here a long time at the department and worked [the case] originally when it first come out. You would love to see closure for the family, and for us too to get that type of person off the street."
"I would tell the person that did this that we are not going to stop," said Captain Hargrave. "A homicide case is never officially closed until it's solved and we are going to continue to investigate it as long as I'm here, and whoever comes after me, until it's solved."
Captain Hargrave says the Orange Police Department used new technology to solve a ten year old homicide just last month.