Investigators examine evidence at scene of murder

An indictment in the gruesome murder of 2003 GW graduate Imette St. Guillen could come any day now, according to Boston’s WCVB-TV.

Since March 13, a Brooklyn grand jury has been hearing evidence concerning Darryl Littlejohn, a bouncer at the New York City bar where St. Guillen was last seen, regarding his possible involvement in the killing. That same day, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced DNA evidence linking Littlejohn, 41, to the murder, The New York Times reported. Evidence includes a sock found in St. Guillen’s throat, plastic ties used to bind her wrists and ankles and the hairs of some cats who lived near the bar in the vicinity of her body.

Authorities still have plenty of questions in the case – they have failed to identify the exact location where St. Guillen was killed, or to whom the semen and flesh found under her fingernails belong. Authorities have failed to link Littlejohn with those pieces of evidence, suggesting another person may have been involved in the killing.

Kelly also released other new developments in the case to the media last week. The Times reported that a homeless man and woman have come forward claiming to have seen a man who looked like Littlejohn drive away in a van with a woman. The Times also reported that Daniel Dorrian, a co-owner of the Falls bar, told officials he had Littlejohn escort St. Guillen out of the bar at closing time; recorded cell phone signals also place Littlejohn in the vicinity of the Brooklyn dump site of the body.

No new information has been released concerning the anonymous caller who reported the body at 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 26, 17 hours after St. Guillen had disappeared.

St. Guillen, a graduate student at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, graduated magna cum laude from GW in 2003 with a major in criminal justice. She would have completed her master’s degree in criminal justice in May and would have turned 25 on March 2.

John Jay College recently announced a scholarship in St. Guillen’s memory, established by the school’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society. St. Guillen belonged to GW’s Organization of Latino American Students, which is creating an academic award in her name.

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