DNA collected from the son of a retired Nevada prosecutor helped detectives eventually make the arrest of a 19-year-old McDonald’s employee in Hawaii, 50.
Nancy Elaine Anderson was found dead in the bathroom of her rented Waikiki apartment in January 1972. She had 63 stab wounds to her torso, arms, hands and legs, three of which were deep enough to leave marks. pain is hard to escape. Five decades later, DNA found on a towel on her exit and near the entrance was matched by Tudor Chirila, a prominent Reno lawyer who unsuccessfully ran for the Supreme Court. Nevada.
Police charged 77-year-old Chirila – who lived in Hawaii before moving to Nevada and becoming a lawyer – with second-degree murder, By Law & Crime. He is being held without bond.
Homicide investigators were initially told that the Michigan native, who had moved to Hawaii just a few months before she was killed, likely committed suicide — which quickly proved impossible by nature. her injuries, including a self-defense wound to her thumb.
Over the years, several suspects have been investigated, including her ex-boyfriend and a door-knife dealer who tried to sell her a blade on the day of her death. No matching DNA was found at the scene.
The first real case broke came in 2021, when an anonymous tip suggested that the former deputy attorney general who lives in Reno might be involved. It is unclear what evidence the tipper tied Chirila to Anderson.
First, police obtained DNA from Chirila’s son, Newport Beach, California, showing that he was the biological son of someone who left DNA on a towel found at a crime scene in Hawaii. Police in Reno later secured a DNA subpoena from the elder Chirila, which they did on Tuesday. Chirila then tried to take her own life, according to various media reports, but was unsuccessful. He was arrested Wednesday and later charged with the brutal murder of Anderson.
Chirila previously testified for the state in a 1988 scandal involving the IRS and the Mustang Ranch brothel near Reno, which was forced into a money-laundering conspiracy. Chirila is acting president of the AGE Group owned by Joe Conforte, whose ties to established organized crime are. There are no court debts and Chirila has yet to formally plead guilty.