DNA sample from 2001 of suspect in Milwaukee murders was somehow lost
A Milwaukee man suspected of killing eight women since 1986 might have been arrested sooner. But a DNA sample taken in 2001 for a state database never made it there.
For months, Milwaukee Police said there was never a sample taken from the person whose DNA was found by cold-case investigators on numerous prostitutes who were strangled or stabbed.
But yesterday, state corrections' officials said Walter Ellis, 49, did provide a DNA sample at the Oshkosh prison in 2001.