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Authorities to Develop New Sketch of Murder and Rape Suspect

By Eileen Buckley

Amherst, NY – Amherst Police are working with the FBI in tracking down the bike path rapist.

Last week, investigators from Amherst, Buffalo and the Erie County Sheriff's Department announced that DNA from the murder of Joan Diver of Clarence is linked to the 1990 rape and murder of UB student Linda Yalem and other unsolved cases that date back 20-years.

Assistant chief John Askey says investigators are now working with the FBI to create a brand new composite sketch of the bike path rapist.

"We're working with the FBI on developing a new sketch that will be more reflective of what this individual may look like after years of aging," Askey said. "It's not something that's instantaneous."

Investigators are checking all DNA data banks in US and Canada, but he has no idea how long it could take to find a potential match to the bike path rapist.

They say a new law, requiring sex offenders to submit samples, will be very helpful in searching the DNA pool.