A US Army Colt .45 service revolver was used to shoot Muriel Drinkwater, 12, in the chest, after her killer had beaten and raped her. Muriel, who lived on Tyle-Du farm at Penllergaer, near Swansea, went missing on Thursday, June 27th, 1946, and her body was found next day in Penllergaer woods. Over 20,000 men were interviewed about the crime.

Fifty–eight years later, in April 2003, police revealed that the Colt revolver was being tested for DNA to determine whether the killer left sweat traces as he gripped the gun to fire it.