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In January 2017, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s detectives ran DNA gathered from a rape kit through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which collects DNA from convicted felons and some arrestees. There were no matches.
So, one night in June 2019, the Crime Strategies Unit with the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office created a profile on GEDmatch and uploaded a genetic file of that suspect’s DNA. Agents checked the box saying the sample was for law enforcement and confirmed that the case involved a violent crime.