By Stephanie V. Siek, The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Nearly 24 years after
Dorothy Fisher was found strangled in her
apartment, authorities believe they have solved
Jackson County prosecutors have charged Dawud K.
Abdelmalik, 43, after matching his DNA with a
profile taken from material found under Fisher's
fingernails. He was scheduled to make his first
court appearance Friday afternoon.
Police discovered Fisher's body on Nov. 9, 1980,
shortly after her family asked them to check on
her because they hadn't been able to reach her.
She was 22.
Police had reached a dead end in the case until
advancing technology made extracting a DNA
The Kansas City Police Department's cold case
squad reopened the case about two months ago,
said squad supervisor Sgt. John Jackson.
Abdelmalik has prior convictions for felonious
restraint, sex crimes and aggravated assault,
Jackson said. He was released in June 2002 after
serving time for those convictions.
Jackson said Fisher and Abdelmalik knew each
other, but were not close. Police have not
identified a motive for the killing.
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