Fibers Match Those Near Body, Expert Testifies

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Police Department criminalist testified Tuesday that fibers found in David Westerfield’s recreational vehicle match “in every way” fibers on the sheet that was found near the nude, decomposing body of Danielle van Dam.

Criminalist Tanya DuLaney was called by defense attorney Steven Feldman but provided information that could help the prosecution in Westerfield’s trial on charges of kidnapping and murdering the 7-year-old, who was found in a rural area of the county on Feb. 27. That was 25 days after she disappeared.

Other forensic specialists have testified that Danielle’s blood, hair and fingerprints were found in Westerfield’s home and RV. Her blood was found on Westerfield’s jacket, one specialist testified.