Three Decade Old Murder Mystery Solved Using DNA

Riverside County sheriff’s homicide detectives solved the 1977 murder of a Rubidoux bartender by submitting hair found clenched in the victim’s hand to a private laboratory in Texas for DNA testing, a sheriff’s sergeant said Tuesday.

The DNA test showed that the hair belonged to Frank Wright, who died in 2002 from complications related to alcohol abuse at the age of 50, said Sgt. Scott Brown of the Riverside County sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit.