Another Suspect In Decade-Old Serial Rapes Arrested With Help Of Genealogy Database

For more than 10 years, police In Fayetteville, North Carolina, had been trying to identify a serial rapist. They had tied him to at least six rapes in the same neighborhood between 2006 and 2008. They called him the “Ramsey Street Rapist.” They never gave up trying to find the perpetrator. A few days ago, they identified the man, thanks to Parabon NanoLabs and the public genealogy DNA database, GEDmatch.

Darold Bowden, the suspect arrested, was a “career petty criminal” who had just barely avoided having his DNA collected by law enforcement. Bowden faces a range of felony charges, including first-degree forcible rape, burglary, kidnapping, and indecent liberties with a child. He’s being held with an $18.8 million bond.

Details may be found in an article by Camila Domonoske in the NPR web site at:

One Comment

Well done article, free of the oft seen uninformed paranoia. If anything, it seems that this press exposure has helped DNA testing marketing for I have seen a noticeable rise in the number of matches coming through in several of the companies I have tested with. I just have one question for those that decide to remove or privatize their results on any platform. What did *you* do? Today’s DNA testing is so fine tuned that you would have to be the perp they are looking for. You might be close ( 2nd -5th cousin ) to the bad guy, but so what? You may never know the authorities have looked at your relationships. They would anyway if other non-DNA evidence made you a person of interest. I certainly do not support crime and criminals and do not see why you would. TEST….and get your data on GEDmatch to bring these people to justice. Honestly, if you are innocent, the worst that could happen is you might discover an unknown child you fathered or gave up for adoption. How bad is that?!?

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