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Police: Genealogy helps ID rape suspect in decade-old cases

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, August 22 2018 Aug 22, 2018 August 22, 2018 4:03 PM August 22, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Fayatteville Police Department
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Police in North Carolina say they used online genealogical data to identify and track down a suspect in a series of unsolved rapes dating back a decade.
The Fayetteville Police Department issued a news release Wednesday saying that 43-year-old Darold Wayne Bowden has been charged with multiple rape counts related to six assaults from 2006 to 2008.
Lt. John Somerindyke said at a news conference that police submitted crime-scene DNA evidence to a company that compared it with online genealogical data.
He says that company narrowed it to Bowden as a person of interest, and they obtained a current sample of his DNA to confirm his link to the crimes.
Police declined to say how they obtained the current sample.
A police spokeswoman didn't know if Bowden has an attorney.

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