Exhumed priest's DNA doesn't match evidence in nun murder

Priest's DNA does not match profile from cold-case

Priest's DNA does not match profile from cold-case

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Baltimore County Police said in a statement Wednesday that DNA from A. Joseph Maskell does not match DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.

WASHINGTON ― Netflix's highly anticipated new true crime docuseries, "The Keepers", centers around a group of determined Baltimore women attempting to solve the 1969 murder of a beloved young nun who taught them in high school.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the results don't necessarily clear Maskell as a suspect. Detectives are hoping that someone will come forward with conclusive information about the murder.

Teresa Lancaster is one of many women who claims she was abused by Maskell during her time at Archbishop Keough, and she eventually sought action against the former chaplain of the school and the school itself. The 26-year-old nun had been missing for almost two months. Numerous victims say Maskell abused them during his tenure at Archbishop Keough School in the 1960s and 70s.

The documentary examines the theory that the nun was killed because she knew of the alleged abuse and knew too much about the web of pedophiles operating within the church.

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Detectives revealed on Wednesday that after weeks of testing, Maskell's DNA did not match evidence found from the murder scene almost 50 years ago. Detectives have developed DNA profiles of about half a dozen suspects.

Police said DNA profiles of about a half-dozen suspects have been compared with crime scene evidence over the years.

Detectives, who have been trying to solve the nun's murder since January 1970, exhumed Maskell's body on February 28 to compare Maskell's DNA to evidence from the crime scene. There have been no matches there, either. Some say he killed the 26-year-old after students told her about sexual abuse they'd suffered at Maskell's hands, reports the Baltimore Sun.

"Our office has received quite a few important calls that we intend to share with the police", she said.

Women who were abused by Maskell have said that they told Cesnik of the situation, and she may have been preparing to confront Maskell about his actions. The section includes a "Frequently Asked Questions" page and links to diocesan policies on reporting abuse. Though Father Maskell always denied the allegations, after the legal battle, the archdiocese removed him from his ministry and hid him away in a psychiatric clinic. He was sent for psychological evaluation and treatment.

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