A FORMER door-to-door salesman who raped and killed a nine-year-old girl in the United States was identified yesterday – six decades after the murder.
Police said in a statement that John Reif Hoff committed suicide at the age of 32, back in 1970, but his daughter enabled the police to obtain DNA evidence and thus finally solve the murder of Candy Rogers.
In a video released by police, Detective Zack Storment compared the investigation to Mount Everest, saying it was a case “that no one could solve, but which no one could even forget.”
Candy disappeared on March 6, 1959 in Spokane, Washington. After sixteen days and an extensive search during which two members of the Air Force were killed when their helicopter hit a power line, her body was found in the woods, a few kilometers from her house.
Hoff, then 20, was in the military, stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane County. He was not a suspect in this case, although he was convicted of assault two years later when he tried to strangle a woman. He was discharged from the army and later worked as a door-to-door salesman, until he committed suicide.
This year, based on genealogical research – sperm found in Kendin’s body and DNA taken from the exhumed body of a former member of the army, Hoff was identified as the killer.
According to a police statement, DNA test showed that 25 quintillion times more likely to be found sperm from Hof, than from any other person in the general population.
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