The Longueuil Agglomeration Police Service (SPAL) has announced that the body of a suspect linked to the 1975 murder of a Montreal teenager has been exhumed in the United States.

DNA tests are underway on the remains of Franklin Maywood Romine, who died in 1982, said SPAL Sergeant Francis Charette.

They should establish whether there is a match between the DNA that was recovered in 1975 and what was found with the exhumation of Romine’s body from a cemetery in West Virginia last week.

The suspect was identified thanks to new investigative techniques, said Sergeant Charette. Investigators were later able to confirm that the man was present in Montreal when 16-year-old Sharron Prior was raped and murdered.

“Mr. Romine also lived near the scene of the abduction and had knowledge of where Ms. Prior’s body was discovered following the murder,” Sergeant Charette said in an interview with La Presse Canadienne.

“We were also able to establish that Mr. Romine had a strong criminal history, whether it was violent crimes and even sexual assaults that he had been charged with as well,” he added.

Moreover, Mr. Romine had a physical description that matched that given by witnesses to the events in 1975.

DNA analysis in the forensic science laboratory will take at least two weeks before the results are known, said Sergeant Charette. SPAL plans to make the test findings public once they are known.