Arrested in 1975 Lancaster County murder

Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams announced Monday an arrest in the county’s oldest cold case, the 1975 murder of 19-year-old Lindy Sue Biechler. At a news conference Monday morning, Adams said police arrested David Vincent Sinopoli, 68, arrested from East Hempfield Township. Note: You can watch the full press conference in the video player below. “Lindy Sue Biechler was 19 when her life was brutally taken 46 years ago in the sanctity of her own home. The arrest of David Sinopoli marks the beginning of the legal process and we hope it will bring some sense of relief to victims’ families and the community who have had no answers for the past 47 years,” said Adams. Sinopoli is currently in Remanded in custody and being held without bail, he was arrested without incident Sunday around 7:00 a.m. at his home on Block 300 of Faulkner Drive DNA evidence led to the arrest Biechler’s aunt and uncle found her body on December 5, 1975 at her home at the Spring Manor Apartments in Manor Township. She had been stabbed 19 times in the back, chest and neck. She also had defensive injuries. Adams said Sinopoli once lived in the same four-unit building that shared a lobby as Biechler. Aside from living in the same building for a time, Adams didn’t elaborate on any connection between Sinopoli and Biechler-Sinop oli was identified through DNA genealogy, which uses a DNA sample in combination with family trees, public archives, databases, and court records to track down a suspect. Without that, Adams said she wasn’t sure he would ever have been identified. “It’s remarkable to think that DNA didn’t exist in 1975, at least not in the criminal court system,” said Adams Biechler’s clothing scene led CeCe Moore with Parabon to a suspect of ethnicity from Gasperina, a small town in southern Italy crimes who were the right age and sex and whose pedigree was consistent with those origins,” Moore said. When Sinopoli was identified as a suspect, police followed him to the Philadelphia airport. That’s where he threw away a coffee cup, investigators said, and DNA from the cup was used to confirm the Parabon tip. “It’s a highly scientific tip, but a tip nonetheless,” Moore told Technology? Even though I’ve seen it in previous cases, yes, it amazes me what CeCe Moore and her company can do,” Adams said. Sinopoli faces criminal manslaughter charges.

Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams announced Monday an arrest in the county’s oldest cold case, the 1975 murder of 19-year-old Lindy Sue Biechler.

At a news conference Monday morning, Adams said police arrested David Vincent Sinopoli, 68, of East Hempfield Township.

Note: You can watch the full press conference in the video player below.

“Lindy Sue Biechler was 19 when her life was brutally taken 46 years ago in the sanctity of her own home. The arrest of David Sinopoli marks the beginning of the legal process and we hope this brings some sense of relief to victims’ families and the community who have had no answers for the past 47 years,” Adams said.

Sinopoli is currently in pre-trial detention and being held without bail. He was arrested without incident at his home on the 300 block of Faulkner Drive around 7 a.m. Sunday.

David Sinopoli, the suspect in the 1975 murder of Lindy Sue Biechler in Manor Township, Lancaster County.

Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Sinopoli is being held in the Lancaster County Jail.

DNA evidence led to the arrest

Biechler’s aunt and uncle found her body on December 5, 1975 at her home at the Spring Manor Apartments in Manor Township. She had been stabbed 19 times in the back, chest and neck. She also had defensive injuries.

Adams said that Sinopoli once lived in the same four-unit building that shared a lobby as Biechler.

Aside from living in the same building for a time, Adams did not elaborate on any connection between Sinopoli and Biechler.

Sinopoli was identified through DNA genealogy, which uses a DNA sample combined with family trees, public archives, databases and court records to locate a suspect. Without that, Adams said she wasn’t sure he would ever have been identified.

“It’s remarkable to think that DNA didn’t exist in 1975, at least not in the criminal court system,” Adams said.

But as the technology advanced with companies like Parabon NanoLabs, Cold Cases investigators used it to solve crimes.

DNA collected from Biechler’s clothing scene led CeCe Moore to Parabon, an ethnic suspect from Gasperina, a small town in southern Italy.

“These limitations further limited the scope of subsequent research because, at the time of the crime, there were very few individuals living in Lancaster who were of the correct age, gender, and pedigree consistent with those origins,” Moore said.

When Sinopoli was identified as a suspect, police followed him to the Philadelphia airport. That’s where he threw away a coffee cup, investigators said, and DNA from the cup was used to confirm the Parabon tip.

“It’s a very scientific tip, but a tip nonetheless,” Moore said.

“Am I amazed by DNA technology? While I’ve seen her on previous cases, yes, it amazes me what CeCe Moore and her company can do,” Adams said.

Sinopoli faces criminal manslaughter charges.

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