Priest's DNA doesn't match evidence in nun's slaying

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

Here you go: A seven-part look at the unsolved 1969 murder of Baltimore nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, and the horrific secrets and pain that linger almost five decades after her death.

Sister Cathy, who was an English teacher at Archbishop Keough High School (above), went missing in November 1969.

Baltimore County Police have compared the DNA of several other people as part of their investigation into the never-closed case, according to Armacost, but those tests did not match the DNA profile from 1970.

"We're still looking for that conclusive information that's going to give us the evidence we need about who killed Cathy Cesnik", Armacost says.

Cesnik was found beaten to death in a remote wooded area near her apartment, and the Baltimore police never found her killer. She said detectives had obtained "about a half-dozen" DNA profiles and compared them to the crime scene.

One of the most promising leads to solving the nearly 50-year-old murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik has gone cold.

Now, new lab results confirm DNA from a powerful former priest does not match the crime scene. Some say he killed the 26-year-old after students told her about sexual abuse they'd suffered at Maskell's hands, reports the Baltimore Sun.

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Over the years, police have developed DNA profiles of around six suspects, none of whom match the crime scene evidence. Though Father Maskell always denied the allegations, after the legal battle, the archdiocese removed him from his ministry and hid him away in a psychiatric clinic. Her confession was the first time a connection had been drawn between Maskell and Cesnik's murder, as Wehner claimed that Cesnik knew about the alleged abuse prior to her death.

"Our office has received quite a few important calls that we intend to share with the police", she said.

Maskell was a priest accused in the 1990s of sexually assaulting young women. She had choke marks around her neck and a blunt trauma - thought to be from a hammer or brick - to the back of her skull.

On Wednesday, police said it did not. White also cites discrepancies in the accounts of an anonymous detective Schaub dubbed "Deep Throat", and former state's attorney Sharon May, about the contents of boxes Maskell buried in a cemetery in 1990 that police dug up in '94 after Wehner came forward.

Police say, for now, their best hope in solving her murder may lie with a witness who's still alive, but has been too afraid to come forward for all these years.

Cesnik's homicide remains unsolved, even as police tell PEOPLE the case is active, with one living (but unidentified) suspect.

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