Brazos County Sheriff's Office release new sketch in cold case murder

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) -- The Brazos County Sheriff's Office released a sketch Tuesday of a suspect in a 36-year-old unsolved murder case.

Virginia Freeman was a real estate agent in Bryan/College Station. She was murdered in December 1981. No suspect has ever been arrested. It is Brazos County's oldest unsolved case.

During a press conference at the sheriff's office, Sheriff Chris Kirk said the department used a company called Snapshot to create the sketch. The company uses DNA to recreate a person's facial features, including skin tone, eye color, hair color and sex.

Investigators used DNA found under Freeman's fingernails to send to Snapshot. The company was able to provide two sketches for law enforcement; one that showed how the suspect would look when the crime occurred and one that showed what he would look like at 70.

"We've done at this point just over a hundred cases," said Ellen Greytak of Parabon Nanolabs the company that sells Snapshot. "We only know of one case thus far that has gone all the way through the court system to be resolved."

An autopsy preformed on Freeman in the 80s said she was reportedly stabbed multiple times and the victim of blunt force trauma and strangulation.


This sketch released by Brazos County Sheriff's investigators show what the suspect would have looked like at the time of the crime.
This sketch released by Brazos County Sheriff's investigators show what the suspect would look like in 2017.
The two newest sketches compared to the sketches released by law enforcement in 1981.