DNA could solve decades old Covington murder

It’s a cold case that has haunted the Covington Community for decades ⁠— a 69-year-old woman, killed near a place she loved dearly. Now Virginia State Police Special Agents tell WFXR that DNA analyzed by the latest technology could help solve the case.

Aggie Albert was murdered on July 3, 1992. Her body was found outside of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

“She was there pretty much daily,” said Becky Beckstoffer, who is Aggie’s niece. “She would turn the lights off every night, lock the church up at night. It was kind of her daily routine.”

Her death shocked the community. Many people commented on her positive attitude and how she was always wearing a smile.

“She was huge in the community and just the happiest person you would ever want to meet,” said Valerie Hepler. “Her love for her church, her devotion to God just radiated from her, every second of every day.”

Aggie Albert’s murder also placed fear into the Covington community.

“People were afraid to go outside,” said Becky. “People were afraid of everything”

Aggie’s family went through scary situations days, weeks, and even a year after her murder. They received letters and phone calls that kept the family on edge.

“It was pretty awful,” recalled Becky. “Even through the first anniversary they got phone calls saying it’s time to kill another sister.”

Becky has felt her share of heartbreak as well. Her way of coping is to solve her aunt’s murder. She has spent the last 27 years investigating the case herself.

“It’s on my mind all the time. I watch a show, I read an article ⁠— it will trigger something for me. And I’ll make a phone call or I will look at a website. It’s always there,” said Becky. “Sometimes it’s there in the front of my brain and sometimes it’s in the back of my brain, but it never goes away.”

Becky has even shared some of her work with the special agents assigned to the case.

“What burns me up is that person has been free for 27 years,” said Becky. “How dare they get a life and she didn’t.”

Investigators tell WFXR’s Kathlynn Stone they have a handful of persons of interest and refuse to focus only on one person. They says they’re following every lead and won’t cross off any possible suspects until the evidence clears them.

DNA from the decades-old cold case is being tested using the latest technology. This evidence could potentially crack the case.

Investigators say they expect to have the test results back from the lab in a few months.

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