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    CT - Kathleen Flynn, 11, Ponus Ridge, 23 Sept 1986

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    Kathleen Marie Flynn

    Her name was Kathleen. She collected Strawberry Shortcake dolls, rode a lavender bicycle and owned a dog named Lady that waited for her to come home after school. She could be shy in public, chatty at home. Every morning, she melted her father's heart by saying, ``Hello, my daddy.''

    On September 23, 1986, eleven year old Kathleen Flynn was reported missing by her mother. The sixth grader at Ponus Ridge Middle School had not been seen since she left school that day. Police, firefighters and civilian volunteers searched for the young girl and found her early next morning in some woods alongside the middle school. Kathleen Flynn had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

    Hundreds of students, teachers and parents thronged the area in the afternoon. No one saw a thing, at least not anything that led to an arrest.

    The body was identified by the girl's father, James T. Flynn, owner of Cap'n Henry's restaurant in Rowayton. Her mother, Esther Flynn, teaches mathematics at Stamford High School.

    Connecticut is offering a $20,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of Kathleen Flynn's killer(s). If you know anything about this case, please call Norwalk Detective Sgt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028.

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    Kathleen Marie Flynn Never Made it Home From School in September 1986

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    Kathleen Marie Flynn headed home after school like any other day on September 23, 1986. Her walk wasn't far, just about a half-mile on a paved path through the woods to her home in Norwalk, Connecticut. That fall day started off like any other.

    But that afternoon, Kathleen never returned home.

    Search teams discovered the young girl's body the next morning off the beaten path through the trees. Kathleen had been sexually assaulted and strangled. She had only turned 11 just weeks before.

    According to then Norwalk Police Chief Carl LiBianca, who spoke with told the New York Times in the weeks following the murder, the killing was "the most sadistic" in the towns' then history.

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    It's hard to believe nobody saw anything. The perp was probably watching her for a few days before the attack. So many children have disappeared on their way to or from school. It's so sad and so horrifying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavender Moon View Post
    It's hard to believe nobody saw anything. The perp was probably watching her for a few days before the attack. So many children have disappeared on their way to or from school. It's so sad and so horrifying.
    Agreed. The articles say Kathleen was walking half a mile home, on a paved path through the woods, in an upper-middle-class neighborhood. The path was just several hundred feet from athletic fields where students had been practicing the afternoon Kathleen disappeared.

    Why would someone come into the area to commit this crime? It would be very risky, unless you lived in the area or had spent a good deal of time there. Otherwise, just choose a lower risk situation.

    The perp would have had to have been lying in wait, comfortable in that wooded area, knew if he was seen (and there was a good chance he could have been) he could explain it, and, as mentioned, had probably been doing surveillance for days. JMO.

    This sounds like an older teen or young adult to me.

    Do these types of killers usually go on to kill again? Do they typically continue molesting throughout their life? Are these people true pedofiles (only attracted to children) or they the types who will take advantage of anyone? Is there a typical age range of the offender?

    I read a lot of true crime info, but I don't know much about this "type". It seems like there are lots of these cases that go unresolved, and I don't know much about the ones that have been solved.

    Sorry to be so wordy today. I will send some positive energy out in Kathleen's memory.

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    Any updates on this case?

    I was in the same grade as Kathleen Flynn although at a different school in Norwalk. I will never forget the terror of that day.

    Also, does anyone know what side of the path they found her body on? I've been down there, but don't know the location and have always wondered. Is it the side near the athletic fields or the side further away. It's a perfect ambush spot.

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    Police Search for Tips in 30-Year-Old Murder of Norwalk Girl

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    Police have been investigating the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Norwalk for nearly 30 years and they are hoping that advancements in DNA technology will help identify the person who killed Kathleen Flynn.

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    Norwalk Police using new DNA technology to solve 30-year-old murder of 11-year-old girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by elclarkey View Post
    Any updates on this case?

    I was in the same grade as Kathleen Flynn although at a different school in Norwalk. I will never forget the terror of that day.

    Also, does anyone know what side of the path they found her body on? I've been down there, but don't know the location and have always wondered. Is it the side near the athletic fields or the side further away. It's a perfect ambush spot.
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    This is so sad, I had never heard about this case. I was only a few months old at the time and living right nearby. Hope they find something with DNA.

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    She is buried in the same cemetery as my grandparents: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...&GRid=20910848

    Interesting that they seemed to have a suspect in 2000 and were planning on doing DNA testing -- wonder if they ended up doing the testing or waiting for better technology? http://articles.courant.com/2000-08-...ruiser-binders

    Hume said he always remembers what a Seattle detective told him last fall at seminar on child homicide: ``Chances are the name of the guilty party is already in your case file.''His file has 1,500 names.
    One of them belongs to the investigation's ``primary focus,'' in the words of the city's police chief, Harry Rilling. In a recent interview, Rilling disclosed for the first time that police have a suspect, who is incarcerated for another crime.
    Using new technology, they hope to link him through mitochondrial DNA testing of hairs found at the crime scene. Mitochondrial testing, not as exacting as nuclear DNA testing, can link the hairs to an extended family, not an individual.
    In coming weeks, investigators will meet with prosecutors and forensic experts to decide if they should go ahead with the mitochondrial test, or wait for better technology. Each test consumes some of the evidence.

    ``Right now, mitochondrial DNA can tell us certain things,'' Rilling said. ``With other information we have and things that we investigated in the past, it might be enough to get an arrest and a conviction. However, a year from now, two years from now, what might be available to us that might be able to identify a person to the exclusion of everybody else in the entire world?''
    It is a gamble.
    ``We have to roll the dice at some point. That's where we are now,'' Rilling said.
    To evaluate the evidence, Rilling invited the assistance of the chief state's attorney's cold case squad, a step local department are sometimes reluctant to take. Rilling said he has no turf concerns.

    ``One thing is very, very clear. This is not a territorial thing,'' he said. ``The important thing for this case is to get it solved. And I don't care if it's solved by another agency. If they can help us solve this case, that's what's important to me.''
    Rilling and his officers will not release any further details about the suspect for fear of tainting a prosecution.
    ``I fully expect to go to trial at some point,'' Gale said.


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    I hope DNA resolves this case. I am surprised I never heard about it despite being close in age and living not that far from Norwalk at the time of her disappearance.



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