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Philadelphia Cold Case Breakthrough: Arrest in 20-Year-Old Killing and Rape Thanks to DNA Link

Suspect in Philly machete attacks charged in 20-year-old rape, murder cold case. (PHOTO: Yahoo News)

Man Arrested for 20-Year-Old Murder in Fairmount Park and Recent Machete Attacks

A suspect in the Philly machete attacks was charged in a 20-year-old rape and murder cold case. (PHOTO: Yahoo News)


According to a CNN crime report, Elias Diaz, 46, got in trouble for recent machete attacks, and now he’s charged with a 2003 crime. The police in Philadelphia say he’s connected to the rape and murder of Rebecca Park, who went missing while jogging. Diaz was caught on Sunday, but he didn’t give his name. They figured out who he was through fingerprints. They say Diaz’s DNA links him to Park’s case from 20 years ago.

In 2003, two other women were attacked, and they described a man on a bike. The police collected DNA from those incidents. There was another attack in 2007 with a similar description. All these DNAs were put together, and they matched, pointing to Diaz. Last year, a drawing of the unknown guy’s face was made using DNA. They used family databases to find him. The police worked on it for a while and finally connected Diaz to the crime.

Officials say scientific improvements in DNA helped catch Diaz. He now faces serious charges, like murder and assault. The court dates for the recent attacks are on January 3, and for the 2003 case, it’s on January 8.

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