Success in Julie Valentine case prompts DNA testing in similar cold case from 30 years ago

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GREENVILLE, SC – Less than 2 weeks after Greenville police announced they solved the high-profile Julie Valentine homicide case, a very similar cold case is getting a fresh look.

According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, a group of children found an infant dead in a garbage bag in woods off Bear Drive on April 15, 1989.

“The investigation was initiated, it almost went cold immediately,” explained Sgt. Ryan Flood. “There just wasn’t anything. We didn’t have DNA evidence back then, we didn’t have anything to submit at the time, obviously for DNA, because it didn’t exist.”  

After recent success with the Police Department using DNA testing to identify Julie Valentine’s mother, who was arrested shortly after, Sgt. Flood said they are working to do the same by sending in an article of evidence for testing from this case.

“We were able to locate an article from that case file and that article, as of today, has been submitted to SLED for DNA testing,” he said Monday.

Sgt. Flood said when the case was opened, investigators had no witnesses and very little information to go off of.

“All we had was that on the 13th of April, there was a dark colored sedan that was seen around that area at around 11’oclock at night.”

Since 2016, there have been 13 cold cases open within Greenville County, according to Sgt. Flood.

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