Police in York County return to nearly 25-year-old cold case


On November 22, 1995 Springettsbury Township Police say a 46-year-old woman was walking to the home of an elderly couple who she was taking care of. 

A man came up behind her, forced her into the home, and raped her. One of the homeowners was forced to watch. 

Police at the time did everything they could to catch that man, and now a new team of officers are stepping in. 

“We have a victim who still wants to find justice who still wants to cooperate with us,” said Lt. Todd King, Springettsbury Township Police. 

It may just be over two decades past, but it’s never too late to bring a criminal to justice, but detectives will have their work cut out. 

“They’ll go and re-interview people again, go back over the lab reports, it’s quite the task,” said King. 

Detectives say they’ll redo every step of the investigation, but now they’ll have better resources.

“New techniques, new technologies and fresh eyes,” said King.

In 2001 police got their first lead, when DNA from the home matched DNA pulled from a crime scene in Virginia. 

“But that doesn’t necessarily mean we have a suspect, or the name of somebody,” said King. 

DNA found at the scene doen’t always guarantee nailing down a person’s identity. That was proven in the Raymond case in Lancaster County, where officials arrested their murder suspect almost three decades later. 

Police say cold cases across the country are seeing new light. 

“We are re-examing all the evidence in the case, so if he worries that won’t be a bad thing,” said King. 

Police are still hoping for more witnesses to come forward with any additional information about this crime. If you think you know something, you should call the Springettsbury Township Police Department, or submit to their crimetip email. 

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