Breaking News Bar
updated: 8/25/2013 9:17 AM

DNA advances the key to unlocking assault cases

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

ELKHART, Ind. -- Advances in collecting, storing and comparing DNA are helping investigators make arrests and track suspects in sexual assault cases whose trails had long run cold.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill tells the South Bend Tribune that DNA matches recently led to an arrest in a 1988 rape of a 10-year-old girl.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Prosecutors caution that a match is only a first step. They have to convince a jury that a suspect was in the area at the time of the assault and that the sex wasn't consensual.

They also have to research what laws were in effect at the time of the incident.

Even with the challenges, experts say the advances mean there could be ways to solve crimes today that didn't exist 25 years ago.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here