New DNA technology could help solve 31 year old murders of young Victoria couple

It's been almost 31 years since the murders of a young Victoria couple in Washington State, and the Snohomish county Sheriff's office says they have new information on a suspect thanks to new DNA technology.

Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and Jay Cook, 20, were reported missing on November 20, 1987 after heading to Port Angeles 2 days before. 

Van Cuylenborg’s body was found in a ditch along a rural road in Skagit County on November 24th.  She had been sexually assaulted and shot in the head. On Nov. 26th Cook’s body was found not far away, under a bridge near Monroe, northeast of Seattle. He had been beaten and strangled.

Van Cuylenborg's wallet and keys were also found outside a Bellingham tavern, and the couple's van was found abandoned at the Bellingham Greyhound station.

The Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference in Everett Wednesday where they will unveil information that came from DNA phenotyping -- a technology that uses DNA to predict the ancestry and physical appearance of a suspect, right down to their eye colour.

Family members are expected to attend the news conference.

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