Suspect profile released in murder of Brown County woman beaten to death in 2016

BROWN COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The profile of a suspect who authorities believe assaulted and killed a young woman from Brown County in 2016 has been released. 

Investigators working on the murder of Rhonda 'Chantay' Blankinship, 25, contracted DNA company Parabon Snapshot to create a profile of the suspect, and they were able to use new technology to predict his likely eye color, skin color, hair color, face morphology, and detailed ancestry. 

The profile isn't exact, but it gives investigators a good idea of what he may look like. 

A press release on the profile says Parabon was able to determine that the suspect likely has fair or very fair skin with blue or green eyes, blond hair, and at least a few freckles. 

Parabon then used this information to create a composite sketch. Authorities want to stress that this is not an actual portrait of the suspect and "the hair style on the composite profile is not an accurate depiction of the suspect. . . the composite profile does not depict any facial hair or scarring. . . [and] The accurate age of the suspect cannot be identified with DNA."

Anyone with information on the possible suspect or the Blankinship murder is asked to contact the Brown County Sheriff's Office at (325)646-5510 or CrimeStoppers at (325)646-1982. 

Blankinship was found deceased "approximately five miles from her residence" near Lake Brownwood on May 15, 2016.

She was reported missing two days before her death, and her picture was circulated by thousands on social media.

The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation. BigCountryHomepage will provide any updates as they become available. 

 


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