St. Petersburg police: Cold case murder solved with DNA

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - For eight years, St. Petersburg police detectives did not know the identity of Sara Lynn Wineski's killer. They say they have now tracked him down and that DNA evidence played a key role.

On May 22, 2005, Wineski's body was found under a secluded wood deck overhand of what was then the Ronald McDonald House at 702 8th Avenue South.

According to a police statement, Wineski, who was homeless, had been sexually assaulted and strangled. A neighbor said screams were heard the night before.

DNA evidence was collected at the scene.  It turned out to be a match for Raymond Samuels who in the Ohio prison system since 2006 for attempted murder and kidnapping.

Detectives have determined he was in the St. Petersburg area at the time of the murder.

At last word, Samuels was being transported to the Pinellas County Jail.
 

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