COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police in Ohio’s capital say cold-case investigators have used DNA evidence to link a rape case nearly two decades old to a man recently arrested in Oklahoma.
Columbus police say DNA evidence recovered after an 18-year-old woman was raped in a park in 1997 was linked to a suspect last September.
An initial statement from police didn’t specify how that link was made. Police say new warrants were filed for 45-year-old Joseph Carter for rape and kidnapping and he was arrested last week in Tulsa.
Columbus police said Thursday that Carter has since been extradited to Ohio and remains in custody, where he can’t be reached for comment. It’s unclear whether Carter has an attorney.
Police say Carter has a “lengthy” and “violent” criminal history in Columbus and Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County.