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California man arrested in two years, 1990 cold-case rape after police use familial DNA testing

Kevin Konther was arrested in connection with several rapes in the 1990s.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

A California man is set to be arraigned Monday in a pair of brutal rapes of the 1990s, after the authorities used familial DNA trace of the suspect, police said Friday.

Kevin Konther, 53, is accused of raping a 9-year-old girl in Lake Forest in October 1995, and a rape of a jogger in Mission Viejo in June 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Officials initially collected evidence from the 1995 crime scene and found no match in their database at the moment. The DNA, in 1998, the crime scene found the DNA that is found in the 1995 attack, but the police had no suspect until researchers used the DNA-tactics, which also recently helped with the detection of the alleged Golden State Killer, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The DNA evidence discovered was initially linked to two men – two brothers, and Konther and his brother were originally taken into custody. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said: “good, old-fashioned detective work helped authorities reduce.

“We are convinced that we have of the individual,” Barnes said.

Konther was charged with two counts of felony rape, oral intercourse with a person under the age of 14, lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age and aggravated sexual abuse. He was being held in Orange County Jail.

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“We will never stop trying to solve these cases,” Barnes said. “That commitment is not with a time limit.”

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