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WIDE DNA TESTING FAILS TO FIND SUSPECT IN SLAYING

Controversial DNA tests conducted on all young men but one in a French village have failed to catch the attacker who raped and strangled a British teen-ager last year, a prosecutor said today.

None of the DNA from the "voluntary" tests, covering 169 of the village's 170 men 15 to 35 years old matched the genetic fingerprints of the killer of 13-year-old Caroline Dickinson.

Philippe Drouet, Rennes deputy public prosecutor, said in a statement that all the DNA, from cells lifted by brushing swabs inside the men's cheeks in Pleine-Fougeres, would be destroyed.

The one man who skipped the tests last weekend in the village hall was not a suspect.

A magistrate said the man refused to turn up "on principle" to the blanket tests, which were denounced by several human rights groups as an infringement of personal freedoms. Magistrates are planning to widen the net still further by testing every area man 36 to 60 years old.

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