“DNA Evidence” Helped Investigators Charge Michael Copley

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After a 2-year-plus investigation the Blair County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday the arrest of Michael Copley.

This is for charges of murdering his wife Catherine, whose body was missing from December 2015 till’ June 2016.

Peter Weeks, 1st Assistant, for the Blair County District Attorney’s Office, said some evidence in this two-year investigation was found as recently as last week.

Some key evidence came in the forensic investigation.

“There was some forensic DNA evidence that we were able to get with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab,” Peter Weeks, 1st Assistant, Blair County District Attorney’s Office, said.

Investigators also found helpful information on Copley’s cell phone applications on his phone that showed investigators specific GPS locations of where Copley was when his wife’s body went missing around December 10, 2015.

The DAs say the collaborative effort from several divisions was not a simple or quick process.

There’s nothing from a law enforcement standpoint at least about the case that was easy,” Jeff, Pratt, Lt. for the Altoona Police Department Patrol, said.

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