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Racine Officer Hetland Remembered in City He Served

Posted at 10:24 PM, Jun 19, 2019

RACINE — DNA could be the key to finding the suspect that killed Officer John Hetland. Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth is in charge of the investigation and said today evidence is being sent to the state's crime lab. "One thing is definitely DNA that may have come from the suspect. It may be evidence of fingerprints. It could be almost anything. There was a struggle that went on there. We’re looking for DNA from the suspect that’s one of the biggest clues we’re looking for" said Beth.

Beth says the state crime lab is going to dedicate personnel to the case immediately in hopes they can find a suspect. "Ultimately I’m hoping DNA from the crime lab says 'here it is' and we can match it to someone who’s already been in custody before and we can say this is our suspect let’s go get him" says Beth.

Meanwhile around Racine, tributes to the officer are starting to grow. The police squad adorned with flowers and momentos outside the Racine Police Deparmtnet Headquarters is the main memorial for Officer Hetland. In his neighborhood, flags are at half staff and blue ribbons have been tied to lamposts to remember the officer.