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DNA found on a conch shell is linked to half-brother of victim to crack 20-year-old cold case

A Massachusetts lady who was bludgeoned to loss of life in her own residence 20 years in the past was apparently killed by her half-brother after detectives used DNA on the heavy conch shell used because the homicide weapon to hyperlink him to the brutal slaying and crack the cold case. 

David Reed, 53, allegedly beat Rose Marie Moniz, 41, to loss of life with a cast-iron kettle, a fire poker and the shell in March 2001. His DNA was in a database after he attacked one other lady – this time with a tire iron – and stole her purse in 2003. 

Police lastly pieced collectively the clues this year when detectives had been ready to get DNA from the conch shell by envisioning how the attacker might need held it. 

Based on the abrasions on Moniz’s face, they decided that she was in all probability struck by the shell’s spiny level, and that the attacker in all probability held the shell together with his fingers inside its opening for leverage.

The DNA proof led them to Reed, a career felony who has fled a number of states to keep away from prosecution.

He was lastly found asleep on the Providence Rescue Mission in Rhode Island, the place he was arrested on September 10 and indicted on homicide fees Thursday, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office introduced.  

David Reed, 53

David Reed, 53 (left), allegedly beat Rose Marie Moniz, 41 (proper), to loss of life with a cast-iron kettle, a fire poker and the shell in March of 2001

This year, detectives were able to get DNA from the conch shell (pictured) by envisioning how the attacker might have held it. Based on the abrasions on Moniz's face, they determined that she was probably struck by the shell's spiny point, and that the attack probably held the shell with his fingers inside its opening for leverage

This year, detectives had been ready to get DNA from the conch shell (pictured) by envisioning how the attacker might need held it. Based on the abrasions on Moniz’s face, they decided that she was in all probability struck by the shell’s spiny level, and that the assault in all probability held the shell together with his fingers inside its opening for leverage

Moniz’s surviving family mentioned that they had no concept that their very own member of the family was the offender behind their beloved sister’s slaying.

‘I did not assume it was him,’ mentioned Moniz’s brother, Paul Cunha. ‘He was a pallbearer (at her funeral)… [he acted] very quiet, unusually quiet. And then just about after that, he disappeared.’ 

Hours after Moniz’s homicide, her father known as police when he got here to her Acushnet house to convey her to a physician’s appointment, and found her on the ground in a pool of her personal blood. 

Moniz’s cranium was fractured a number of instances, and she or he was bleeding from each ears and her nostril when her father found her. Her nostril and left cheek bone had been damaged, and her physique was riddled with ‘gaping lacerations,’ in accordance to the District Attorney’s office. 

Picturing the state that the girl’s father found her in fueled detectives to preserve plugging away on the cold case. 

‘There’s her poor father coming in and seeing a physique in that situation. That’s his final reminiscence of his daughter,’ District Attorney Tom Quinn informed WCVB.

Both of Moniz’s mother and father died with out figuring out who had killed their daughter. 

‘My mom and father aged in a single day, you can see it,’ Cunha mentioned. ‘It was actually powerful.’

Moniz (pictured) was discovered with multiple skull fractures, contusions and deep lacerations over her body by her father

Moniz (pictured) was found with a number of cranium fractures, contusions and deep lacerations over her physique by her father

Both of Moniz's parents died without knowing who had killed their daughter.'My mother and father aged overnight, you could see it,' Paul Cunha, her brother, said. 'It was really tough.' Moniz, top right, is pictured with her father, bottom right, mother, bottom left, and Cunha, top left

Both of Moniz’s mother and father died with out figuring out who had killed their daughter.’My mom and father aged in a single day, you can see it,’ Paul Cunha, her brother, mentioned. ‘It was actually powerful.’ Moniz, prime proper, is pictured together with her father, backside proper, mom, backside left, and Cunha, prime left

Before that they had recognized her killer, police believed that theft was the motive in Moniz’s slaying. Her purse had been emptied on the scene and money had been stolen. But there was no signal of pressured entry into her house.

Reed’s violent life of crime continued on June 10, 2003, when he beat Maribel Martinez-Alegria whereas she was seated in his truck earlier than shoving her out of the automobile into a darkish alley in New Bedford and driving away together with her belongings.

Police are pictured outside Moniz's Achusnet home in 2001

Police are pictured exterior Moniz’s Achusnet house in 2001 

Three weeks later, the girl acknowledged a automobile circling her neighborhood because the one she had been attacked in and thrown out of. She tried calling a detective in her case and informed her family in the home. 

When her nephew noticed the automobile cross by the home once more, her nephew and 5 different people jumped into their minivan and gave pursuit, prosecutors mentioned. Reed tried to shake the next minivan, however its occupants flagged down the police. 

Reed struck a parked automobile as he tried to flee, then crashed head-on into the police cruiser of Officer Alan Ferber 

‘Even after the crash, the suspect tried to use his truck in an try to push the cruiser out of the way in which to facilitate his escape,’ prosecutors mentioned, in accordance to Law and Crime.

Reed was charged with theft, assault and for ramming the police cruiser, however he by no means confirmed up for his courtroom date after he was launched on bail. He lived in Florida, Hawaii and Alabama earlier than returning to Massachusetts.

'He took one of my best friends, my sister,' Moniz's brother, Paul Cunha, said. 'He took one of my best friends, my sister,' Cunha said of Reed. 'He robbed us all of a life of growing old together'

‘He took one of my finest pals, my sister,’ Moniz’s brother, Paul Cunha, mentioned. ‘He took one of my finest pals, my sister,’ Cunha mentioned of Reed. ‘He robbed us all of a life of rising outdated collectively’

'I didn't think it was him [Reed],' said Moniz's brother, Paul Cunha, said. 'He was a pallbearer (at her funeral)... [he acted] very quiet, unusually quiet. And then pretty much after that, he disappeared'

‘I did not assume it was him [Reed],’ mentioned Moniz’s brother, Paul Cunha, mentioned. ‘He was a pallbearer (at her funeral)… [he acted] very quiet, unusually quiet. And then just about after that, he disappeared’

He was on the lam till 2015 – prosecutors did not specify how he was caught – however Alegria had handed away in Boston six months earlier than his seize.

There was inadequate proof to convict him on the theft and assault fees, prosecutors mentioned, however he served 4 years in state jail for bail leaping, evading police and damaging property. During that point, his DNA pattern was added to the database. 

Citing the newly-obtained proof, Reed was additionally slapped with the previously-abandoned theft and assault fees for his assault on Alegria. 

But when police tried to arrest him in 2020, prosecutors mentioned, he nearly instantly fled to Alabama. He traveled to California, Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania and at last Rhode Island, the place he was captured. 

A courtroom date on the Fall River Division of the Bristol Superior Court has but to be set for Reed, however Moniz’s household mentioned they plan to be at each courtroom listening to. 

‘He took one of my finest pals, my sister,’ Cunha mentioned of Reed. ‘He robbed us all of a life of rising outdated collectively.’     

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