July 12, 2013
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David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
The body of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed to committing the "Boston Strangler" slayings, was exhumed Friday.
Authorities will extract DNA from the body to determine whether it matches forensic evidence to the 1964 murder of Mary Sullivan.
This development comes after officials announced that DNA from a nephew of DeSalvo provided a "familial match."
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Ann Plastino, who came to the exhumation, said she knew DeSalvo about 50 years ago and that he seemed "friendly" and "kind."
"This is just unreal," Plastino said. "I hope this can bring some closure."
The remains were taken to the morgue.