A bloke has been arrested on suspicion of two vicious rapes on golf courses more than two decades ago after cold case cops linked his coffee cup to crime scene DNA.
Michigan man Kurt Rillema was charged on April 18 in connection with rapes in 1999 and 2000 at the Twin Lakes Golf Club in Michigan and Penn State University golf course respectively.
Despite cops confirming in 2004 the DNA at both crime scenes were a match, the case soon went cold after police failed to identify a suspect.
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And it took detectives in both states until 2021 to finally identify the suspect using genetic genealogy. In doing so, cops managed to hone in on three people – Rillema and his two brothers.
But it was a Styrofoam coffee cup Rillema had used that finally revealed he was a match, police confirmed last week as told by Law and Crime.
Rillema, of West Bloomfield, was at the Twin Lakes Golf Club located in Oakland Township, Michigan, when he allegedly entered an employee only area to attack a 22-year-old woman.
He is said to have left the scene but left his DNA behind.
Then on July 27, 2000 – less than a year on from the first alleged rape – Rillema is believed to have attacked a 19-year-old woman who was running on the Blur Course at Penn State University.
The alleged victim is said to have been asked for a plaster by Rillema before he pulled out a knife, held it to her throat and punched her in the stomach before raping her.
The suspect was detained at his home and charged with first and second degree sexual conduct – and it set to be further charged on counts of rape, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania.
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The search for the suspect is believed to have taken longer due to there being no cameras or witnesses in the area at the times of the alleged crimes, reports Centre Daily Times. Police believe, however, that there are no other victims.
Just to be safe though Oakland County Sheriff Michael K. Bouchard is asking any other potential victims to come forward to the police.
It comes after a woman got into a whirlwind of emotions when her DNA test result linked her to a 36-year-old cold case murder.
Jacqueline Vadurro received a no Caller ID call from a homicide detective who said her DNA could be a possible match to a 1986 cold case of a "Jane Doe".
Sharing the details on TikTok, she explained: "The detective said she was shot and killed and thrown off the side of the road in rural San Diego.
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"They have not solved the case, no one ever reported her missing, they do not know who she is and now they think that I might be her family member because of my DNA that I uploaded on 23andme."
Jacqueline first thought it was a scam but checked the credentials with the homicide department and it was real.
"So I'm gonna help them out if I can help them figure out who this Jane Doe is," she continued.
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