DNA From '04 Murder Of Sarah Fox Matches Sample From Brooklyn Protest

Police have a new lead in the 2004 murder of Juilliard student Sarah Fox, after DNA from the scene was found to match another sample taken at a recent Occupy Wall Street protest, according to PIX11 sources.

On May 19, 2004, 21-year-old Sarah Fox went out for a jog in Inwood Hill Park and never returned – her naked, strangled body was found a week later in a tulip bed deep in the park. 

No one was ever charged in the case, but police were able to pull a DNA sample from her pink CD player found at the scene.  A matching sample was then taken in March of this year from a chain used to hold open the emergency doors at the East Flatbush station during a protest by a group claiming affiliation to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Security cameras caught a masked protester chaining the emergency gates open on the morning of March 28th.  Fake fliers mimicking MTA advisories declared a system-wide day without fares, and advised a service disruption for a May 1st Occupy Wall St. general strike.

"After it happened, a lot of media gave credit to OWS, but we don’t actually know the people who organized it," Occupy Wall Street press team member Linnea Paton told Metro Wednesday morning.

@OccupyWallStNY tweeted the day of the protest:

And the following day tweeted:

As a 'leaderless movement', however, multiple groups have taken actions claiming to be under the umbrella of the OWS movement. The day after the subway protest Occupywallst.org, the "unofficial de facto online resource" for the movement, wrote:

"This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank and file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry."

The sample came up as a DNA match after police ran it through a database, and there was hope that it would yield a name.  The person the DNA belongs to, however, does not have a criminal record, according to the source. 

The DNA sample also does not match that of 47-year-old Dimitry Sheinman, a married father of two who police initially fingered as their primary suspect.  After an interrogation years ago, police believed Sheinman had likely killed Fox, but there was not enough evidence to charge him.  Sheinman has been living in South Africa with his family since then.

Sheinman made headlines recently by showing up at the 34th precinct claiming to have clairvoyant information that would lead to the killer and saying that he wanted to aid police in the search. 

Whoever the DNA belongs to does not have a criminal record and didn’t appear in any criminal databases, the source said. 

It is also possible that the DNA doesn't belong to the killer at all.  It could belong to a friend or fellow Juilliard student who later joined Occupy Wall Street.