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CBS 48 Hours: “The ‘Unsolvable’ Murder of Roxanne Wood” | November 12 2022

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Tonight, The November 12 edition of “CBS 48 Hours” airs at 10PM ET/PT on CBS. Watch episodes at CBS and ParamountPlus.

In February 1987, Terry Wood came home from a night of bowling to discover his wife, Roxanne, dead on the kitchen floor in their home in Niles, Mich. Detectives say Roxanne Wood had been sexually assaulted and her throat slashed. DNA was preserved from the crime scene, but given technological limitations of the time, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge any suspects. The case went cold. Then, 34 years later, investigative genetic genealogist Gabriella Vargas got to work on what had been deemed unsolvable by many because of the scant amount of DNA that was left. 48 HOURS correspondent Peter Van Sant reports on how the incredible work of Vargas, an undercover cop, and a cigarette butt led investigators to their killer in “The ‘Unsolvable’ Murder of Roxanne Wood,”

“I believed that this case was extremely solvable,” Vargas told 48 HOURS. “And I believed that I could solve it.”

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