"More for ourselves than for him," she said.
She had advice for others in similar situations who still don't have answers to missing or murdered family.
"Be patient. Pray. Wait. And forgive," Bergur said.
Charleston Police Department's Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper said advances in profiling criminals by way of DNA evidence, and a national database, is the reason Turner can now be prosecuted for Clark's murder.
Cooper said, "This case has been worked from the beginning to its conclusion. The crime was violent. And we have always been interested in getting justice for her and her family. We were very excited when we were notified of the DNA match.
"Not every case has DNA," Cooper said. "But we are developing new technologies to retrieve DNA from crime scenes."
Whitmyer, too, credited the DNA match for the outcome of the case.
"The police worked so hard on this case for so many years," Whitmyer said. "They eliminated so many suspects. But without that federal database we would not be here, and that didn't even exist in 1999.
"This never would have been solved," she said. "Because he didn't confess until a detective went down there."
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.
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