ASHTABULA, Ohio - An accused killer who was living secretly in northeast Ohio for 20 years was finally busted thanks to a brand new piece of technology, 19/43 News' Paul Orlousky reported.
The man is in jail because of a new way to instantly match fingerprints. A lot of people assume that this type of technology has been around for a long time, but even today, manual comparison is more typical, slowly going card-by-card.
That is, until now.
Mark Stroyny was living at this heavily guarded, almost hidden, Ashtabula County trailer for the past decade. No one knew that he was wanted for murder in New York. Because of a new, instant fingerprint device, however, his secret was uncovered.
"It was quite a shock," correction officer Rob Lincoln said. "It's never happened before."
Police pulled Stroyny over and found pot in his van. He gave police another name, trying to hide his past.
Tracking an old ink fingerprint would take so long that Stroyny would be out on bond by now, but police took him to the new electronic printer and got the truth immediately.
In the past, having your fingerprints taken was a pretty quick process, but they had to be compared by hand, which is slow. Authorities actually had to have a suspect in mind to pull a fingerprint card to make a comparison. Now, a nationwide comparison is literally at the fingertips of authorities.
"It would have taken days, if not weeks compared to hours, if not minutes now," Ashtabula County Chief Howard Shetler said.
"When I started, we had a bunch of guys in the pack with magnifying glasses going over fingerprint cards," Det. Phil Parrish, of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification, said.
Parrish said that Stroyny would have gotten away with murder in the past.