The police are releasing new details in an attempted search for her killer.
She was stabbed over 60-times in her home on Nov. 1, 2009.
Based on the FBI profile and their own examination of the evidence, investigators said people should try to recall a white male, possibly a teenager, who may have expressed some sexual interest in Holly Cassano and sustained cuts to his hands or arms around Nov. 2 that would have required medical attention.
They believe the suspect was "acquainted" with the mobile home park where the victim lived, but did not necessarily live there. They suggest the attacker could be a resident of a nearby community, including Fisher, Bondville or Seymour.
Based on profiles of similar attacks in other areas of the country, they said the "probability" is that Cassano was specifically targeted for this assault, that her attacker may have been watching her for some period of time and that his motivation was sexual.
Cassano was sexually assaulted after she was killed, and investigators said the assailant was in such a frenzy that he did not tend to his own wounds, which probably were caused when his hand slid over the hilt of a kitchen-type knife onto the blade, until afterward.
"Our suspect was wounded in the attack," said Ogle, who described blood drips "the size of half dollars," some of which formed "pools of blood."
Authorities also speculate that the attacker left the area afterward, providing a plausible explanation for his sudden absence. Further, because they have yet to find a DNA match on file with law enforcement, Ogle said he suspects it "could very well be a teen because there is no record of DNA."
I hope they can find this suspect, I really hate to think someone has gotten away with murder and this one is so brutal.
Last edited by Cubby; 02-21-2011 at 03:06 AM. Reason: add detail to thread title
Thank you so much for posting this UdbCrzy2. Since this case is from November of 2009 I am going to move it up to the crimes in the news forum. I think it will get more attention there and fits better there versus here in the Cold Case forum which houses much older cases.
Prayers this information released by LE pushes this case forward. No doubt whomever is responsible for such a heinious crime needs to be off the streets and brought to justice asap.
And prayers for Holly's family and friends. My heart just broke reading about this crime.
Something I've wondered about (OT a bit) - I've seen on the many ID shows I look at where DNA is entered into the CODIS system. Is there a similar data base (something Google like) into which the MO's of crimes like Holly's can be entered into? It appears who ever did this horrible crime fled the area since crazy killers like this always (often?) repeat their crimes. But how would LE be able to search for something similar?
If a system does not exist to enter and search, perhaps Google would do it?
Speaking of mysteries - billions of humans past and present; so how did I windup conscious, self-aware looking out from inside this one? Did the prize-patrol show up at my birth?