A Kentucky State Police employee solved a 30-year-old missing person case Thursday, according to the agency.
Keith Dollinger, a forensic specialist analyst with the Automated Fingerprint Identification Section used fingerprints to solve the 1984 missing-person case of Roy Andrew Langley, 35, who had been struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while walking on Interstate 65 near Elizabethtown.
The prints were given to the AFIS in May, and Dollinger was asked to review them because of his familiarity with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Initial examination suggested that the prints had been improperly recorded at the time of the autopsy. Dollinger recognized, based on pattern classification and ridge-flow within the fingerprint pattern, that the prints had been transposed. The left-hand fingerprints were on a right-hand strip card, and right-hand fingerprints were on a left-hand strip card, the state police said.
The prints were identified as belonging to Langley through the FBI's fingerprinting system. His relatives in Texas were notified of Dollinger's discovery.