Toy trauma: Legos help solve cold-case murder of elderly woman

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John Sansing – Arizona Department of Corrections via KSTU
John Sansing – Arizona Department of Corrections via KSTU

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Authorities say Legos, the popular children’s toy, helped solve a cold-case killing.

According to our sister station KSTU, John Sansing has been charged in the 1991 murder of a 78-year-old woman.

She died from blunt force trauma and strangulation. KSTU reports during the investigation, authorities found Legos on the woman’s floor, which family members thought was odd; they were marked as evidence.

Recently, they tested scrapings that had been taken from the woman’s fingernails and found DNA evidence which matched Sansing. Some of the fingerprints on the Legos also matched one of Sansing’s children.

Sansing is already on death row for a 1998 murder.

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