The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office is hoping new DNA evidence will help them solve a 25-year-old cold case.
10-year-old Angelica Ramirez of Hanford was murdered in 1994. She was with her mother at the Visalia flea market on Thursday, March 3, 1994 when she disappeared while walking to the bathroom.
After searching the flea market she was no where to be found.
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office says a farmworker spotted a body in an irrigation canal on Avenue 96 in Pixley two days later.
Detectives followed multiple leads, questioned several sex registrants and collected DNA samples but they had no success in identifying a suspect.
Twenty-five years later, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux has announced that detectives now have a composite sketch of a man who is wanted for questioning in the murder of Angelica Ramirez.
“Using a male DNA profile deduced from a crime scene sample, the suspect’s physical description and ancestral background are now known thanks to DNA phenotyping, which provides physical characteristics based on DNA analysis,” Sheriff Boudreaux said.
The sheriff’s office says the sketch was derived from his own DNA left at the crime scene.
The findings suggest the suspect has light brown or fair skin, brown or black eyes, black or brown hair and likely no freckles.
Officials say the suspect is most likely of Latino ancestry.
With the new composite sketch Sheriff Boudreaux is asking the public for any information that might help solve Angelica’s murder.
“Any information, however small or seemingly insignificant, can break open this case and bring justice to Angelica’s family,” he said.
The sheriff says all evidence and leads are being re-evaluated.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 733-6218 or anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow Program at (559) 725-4194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.