Police waiting for test on possible blood evidence

CNJ staff

Suspected blood taken from the clothing of a suspect in the Dec. 20 killing of Elizabeth McAdams is being examined at a state crime lab, according to Clovis police.

It could take three or four days to process the evidence and might also be delayed because of the holidays, Capt. Patrick Whitney said Tuesday.

Weather conditions have already delayed investigators from transporting evidence to the lab, which closed due to snow, he said.

McAdams, 54, died in her home after her throat was cut, police said.

Whitney said the suspect is in jail on charges unrelated to the killing and investigators are awaiting lab results to conclusively tie him to the homicide.

Comparisons will be made to determine if suspected blood found on the suspect’s clothing is the victim’s, Whitney said, and if other evidence ties him to the scene.

Meanwhile investigators are continuing to interview witnesses.

Police are still looking for Veronica Galvan, 32, who is believed to have information about the killing.

Police said the suspect in custody knew McAdams but the relationship was not close.

Whitney said police estimate time of death somewhere between 9 p.m. Dec. 19, when witnesses saw her outside her home smoking a cigarette, and the discovery of her body just after 7 a.m. the following morning.

Firefighters found McAdams when they were called to the home for reports of smoke coming from the roof. Police have said several small fires had been intentionally set inside the residence, likely to destroy evidence of the homicide.