SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) - Investigators hope a DNA development will lead to a break in a Springfield cold case.

The Hampden County District Attorney released images of a possible suspect believed to be responsible for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Shana Price in 1990.

The DA said DNA from the scene was used to develop an image of what the suspect may have looked like at the time of the crime and what he may look like today.

“Shana had her whole life ahead of her before being brutally murdered before turning 18,” Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni said in a statement “My Unresolved Case Unit has identified her case as one that could be advanced by applying modern DNA testing, along with additionally investigative work. Our purpose in releasing these composite sketches is to reignite Shana’s case in the public’s consciousness, and to ask for anyone that may have information relating to her murder to please come forward.”    

Price’s body was discovered in Blunt Park in Springfield on December 26, 1990 by a by a Springfield Parks and Recreation Department foreman who was arriving for work. She appeared to have been beaten, strangled, and sexually assaulted. Her death was later ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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