Lab re­sults match ev­i­dence in North River mur­der case

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Po­lice say they're ready to act on DNA ev­i­dence linked to a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in North River.

In a news re­lease is­sued last Fri­day, RCMP Staff Sgt. Boyd Mer­rill con­firmed lab­o­ra­tory re­sults re­cently pro­cessed match ev­i­dence gath­ered pre­vi­ously con­cern­ing the mur­der last June of Dale Porter.

“Po­lice are now in a po­si­tion to act on th­ese re­sults,” he said in the re­lease.

Porter was found crit­i­cally in­jured in front of his North River home on June 29, 2014, and died there a short while later. He had been out that night at drink­ing es­tab­lish­ments in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area.

Po­lice an­nounced last De­cem­ber it was in the process of re­view­ing DNA test re­sults.

“Science plays a ma­jor role in 21st cen­tury homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Mer­rill. “Science is some­times slow but ex­tremely ex­act and re­li­able.”

Po­lice will not be re­leas­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at this time, cit­ing con­fi­den­tial­ity and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion's in­tegrity.

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