The New York Times reports that yet another possible serial rapist has been arrested as a result of information found in a genealogy database. Nearly 10 years ago, a series of rapes terrorized Fayetteville, N.C., from March 2006 to January 2008.
The “Ramsey Street Rapist” found his victims in and around housing complexes and apartments. However, authorities had no idea of his true identity. DNA data was recently found in genealogy sites that gave them a pretty good lead, though – just like the case of the Golden State Killer.
Darold Wayne Bowden, 43, of Linden, was arrested Wednesday in connection to six rape cases. He faces dozens of charges including first-degree forcible rape, first-degree burglary and felony larceny.
Police are not revealing how they obtained Bowden’s DNA, but it is typically gathered from used items from the suspect. They first sent DNA from the Ramsey Street Rapist to a DNA database, which returned multiple hits on people who shared part of his DNA information, allowing them to create a sort of family tree that led to Bowden.
It is unknown if Bowden has secured legal counsel yet.
Bowden was born in and continued to live in the area where the rapes occurred. His bond is currently set at $18,800,000.
*Photo credit Fayetteville Police Dept.