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Two sketches of a suspect in the 1991 murder of 16-year-old Sarah Yarborough from Federal Way. Genealogy records show the suspect may have the last name "Fuller."

Genealogy lead breaks in 1991 Federal Way murder

DNA links suspect to ancestor Robert Fuller, who came to America in the 1630s

From the King County Sheriff's Office:

New information has been developed regarding the identity of the suspect in the murder of Sarah Yarborough. Sarah Yarborough was a 16 year old who attended Federal Way High School. She was last seen alive on the morning of Saturday, December 14th 1991, leaving her residence on her way to the school to participate in a Dance Team competition

Yarborough was found dead on the school campus later that morning. Witnesses saw a suspect and two versions of a suspect composite sketch have been distributed over the years (see above). DNA evidence was recovered from the scene.

Recently the suspect DNA profile was sent to Colleen Fitzpatrick PhD, president of Identifinders International, for examination.

Identifinders International specializes in Forensic Genealogy in which an unidentified suspect DNA profile can be examined with the use of genealogy databases in an effort to identify the family name of the suspect.

Based on the analysis done on the suspect DNA profile in this case it has been learned that the suspect is a member of the extended family of Robert Fuller, who arrived in Salem Massachusetts in the 1630’s. Robert Fuller is related to two Fullers who arrived in America on the Mayflower. The suspect may have the last name of Fuller.

At the time of the crime the suspect was described as:
White male; 20’s; 5’10”- 6’00” tall; shoulder length dirty blonde/light brown hair; medium build; wearing a trench coat and dark pants.

If you have any information related to this cold case please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

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