How DNA From a Cup of Coke Finally Caught Killer in 30-Year-Old Case: 20/20 Special Explores the 1989 Murder of 18-Year-Old Jogger Who Was Killed by Her Neighbor and Rocked a Tight-Knit Washington Community

Detectives revealed how DNA from a plastic cup of coke led to the conviction this year of a man for the rape and murder of an 18-year-old jogger 30 years ago. Amanda ‘Mandy’ Stavik vanished just before 2pm on November 24, 1989, while jogging with her dog near her home east of Bellingham, in Washington State. Three days later, a volunteer firefighter came upon the missing teen’s lifeless, naked body in the South Fork of the Nooksack River. Her neighbor, Timothy Bass, 51, was found guilty of her rape and murder in July this year and was sentenced to nearly 27 years in prison. Detectives claimed it was new DNA evidence – namely Coke from a plastic cup that Bass drank from – that led to Bass’ arrest for her murder in December 2017. A two-hour ’20/20′ special, due to air on September 20 at 9pm ET on ABC, details how police finally arrested Bass and features police interview footage of the moment he claimed he had ‘slept’ with Stavik.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail