After 10 years, the mother of slain Somerville High School student Deanna Cremin is hoping new evidence could finally lead police to her daughter's killer. "It's the most hope that anyone in Deanna's family has had to there being a resolution to her murder in 10 years," said Katherine Cremin, the mother of Deanna Cremin, who died in Somerville in March 1995.
The hope of finding Deanna's killer lies is what Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley's office is calling a new development in the ongoing investigation into her apparent strangulation. "We have made progress in the investigation, both on the forensic side and with gathering further witnesses," said Emily Lagrassa, a spokesman for the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
But Lagrassa would not disclose any more information about what prosecutors have discovered because she said she does not want to compromise the investigation. Lagrassa would only say the development has occurred in the past six months.
Katherine Cremin said State Police Officer Ed Foster called her on Nov.13 and told her that using new scientific equipment, investigators have been able to identify some particles found on Deanna's body. "It's very stressful. It's been almost 10 years and to have this come up. I just never thought they'd have these new machines." Katherine said.
Deanna was found dead off Jaques Street behind a senior housing building four days after her 17th birthday in 1995.She was a student at SHS with hopes of someday becoming a teacher.
"I truly believe it's someone I know," Katherine said of her daughter's killer. "I don't think it was a clever murder." Lagrassa said the DA's office has stayed in constant contact with Deanna's family since her body was found. Investigators continue to work on the case, Lagrassa said. But Lagrassa said an arrest in the case is not "imminent." "It's a clear case of some new science that is going to get this thing solved," Katherine said. "This is the most information that anyone has had in 10 years."