Since the match wasn't made until the case was reopened there may be more potential matches that can help solve crimes that might otherwise remain unsolved. I hope there is both the interest to retrieve DNA from cold cases and the money to fund that retrieval.
A cotton swab led investigators to a suspect 11 years after a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped in downtown Des Moines and raped behind a suburban convenience store. Jody Nolan McCullah, 38, of Prairie City, supplied a DNA sample when he was released from prison last summer on a separate assault conviction. The sample, from McCullah’s saliva, was stored in a database at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab. A match was made when West Des Moines police reopened the 11-year-old case, Lt. Jeff Miller said Monday.
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