DNA match by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation leads to arrest in '97 cold case

A discarded cigarette butt led to a DNA match in a 1997 homicide involving a 14-year-old female runaway. Jason P. Eaton, 36, was arrested Saturday in Illinois.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: April 9, 2014

The agent gave them the go-ahead, and the print returned a hit on Feb. 28.

“He said, ‘If you get a hit, I will come down there and take you out to dinner,’” said Stacy Hirschman, a criminalist with the OSBI.

“He still owes me dinner,” she said.

“They had their Wisconsin people verify the latent print. Once they got that verified, they started to do surveillance to try and get DNA off the guy,” said Meghan Jones, technical manager of the latent print unit at the OSBI.

A discarded cigarette butt gave law officers the evidence they needed to arrest Eaton.

“The guy was not out of Oklahoma at all. It was a hit to a federal record,” Jones said.

Eaton has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. He was being held in Racine County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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