Fingerprints from child’s Lego help crack 23-year-old murder caseBy Mason White 1:56 PM August 31, 2014
By: Anika Rao
A family is finally getting answers as to who killed their mother 23 years ago.
78-year-old Lucille Johnson of Utah, was killed 23 years ago. Police officers collected evidence from the scene.
However, at that time, they did not have the advance technology to test the DNA as they do today. Now, officers have reopened the case and tested Lego for fingerprints.
To their surprise, they found the DNA of a 5-year-old boy. DNA taken from Johnson’s fingernails at the time of the crime also pointed the child’s father.
The father, John Sansing, 47, is currently serving time in prison for killing another woman in Arizona.
Police believe that Sansing used his son to befriend the women, and once he was at their homes with the child, he killed them.
Officers interviewed Sansing’s son, who is now an adult. According to police, the young child is still traumatized by witnessing both murders.
“He has been tormented with those visions all these years,” Sheriff Jim Winder of the Unified Police said.