Parents who pushed for DNA evidence want justice for daughter

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A Kirby man is set to go on trial this week on charges he killed a Stowe woman in 1991.

It took investigators 14 years to file charges against 60-year-old Howard Godfrey.

And it was thanks to the parents of victim Patricia Scoville pushing for the creation of Vermont’s DNA database that police were allegedly able to link Godfrey with the woman who disappeared in October 1991 three weeks after moving to Vermont.

DNA recovered from her body was later linked to Godfrey who was tested after a separate conviction for aggravated assault.

Scoville’s mother Ann says the trial brings a sense of relief hope there will be justice for her daughter.

Jury selection in Godfrey’s trial is due to begin today.

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