There currently are no leads in the case of the young woman who was sexually assaulted and strangled while going for a run in Queens, but police investigators and the victim's father hope that will change if they can conduct a familial DNA search, the New York Times reports. They say such testing could uncover a relative of the perpetrator in the DNA database, as other searches have come up empty.

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