By Robin Rieger
SEWELL, N.J. (CBS) - Could a chain used by Occupy Wall Street protestors in March to keep open subway gates at a Brooklyn station provide a link to the 2004 murder of a 21-year-old Juilliard student, Sarah fox, who grew up in Pennsauken?
CBS news sources indicate DNA investigators got from the chain matches a DNA sample taken from the CD player Fox had been jogging with in Inwood Park in Manhattan when she went missing. The player was found in a heavily wooded section of the park in 2004, not far from where searchers found Fox’s naked body surrounded by tulip petals.
Fox had been strangled.
“This information has leaked out; it has not come officially from the police department. So, now this information is in the public domain. I’m neither going to confirm it, deny it or comment on it,” said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Early on, police say a man named Dimitry Sheinman was considered a suspect, but no arrests have been made in the eight-year-old case. Sheinman has always denied involvement in the crime.
“I’m not the murderer. People like me are not murders okay,” said Sheinman.
It’s not clear what the DNA from the chain means. DNA from the CD player doesn’t match any of Fox’s friends or family.
Fox graduated from the Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s first academy of performing arts class.
Her mother still awards an annual scholarship to a performing arts school student in her daughter’s memory.
Eyewitness News could not reach Fox’s mother for comment. By phone, her uncle said her family is not concerned about the new information. He says they are leaving it to the legal system and maintaining their privacy.