Puyallup

DNA could solve Misty Copsey's 1992 disappearance, death

Police here have completed a long-delayed DNA test in the death of 14-year-old Misty Copsey 17 years ago.

Copsey disappeared after a visit to the Puyallup Fair on Sept. 17, 1992. Her disappearance is being treated as a homicide.

The DNA sample came from a pair of Copsey's jeans recovered in 1993. Police hope it offers a forensic link and can give answers to her disappearance. Lab technicians plan to submit the sample to a federal database controlled by the FBI.

The News Tribune reports that Puyallup police have spent most of the summer trying to meet the federal standards for evidence submissions to the FBI database.

They have also assigned a detective to work the case full time and a sergeant and lieutenant to supervise the inquiry.