Pike County authorities say DNA has identified a suspect in the 13-year-old rape and murder of a 74-year-old woman.
The victim, Edna Reeves, was found dead inside her home in the Springfield community in August of 1993.
Authorities had been unable to identify a suspect until DNA from the crime scene matched a profile in the FBI's National DNA Database.
Sheriff Russell Thomas in Troy says authorities are now "certain we can prove the identity of the person responsible."
He refused to identify the suspect.
Reeves' granddaughter, Laura Campbell, applauded the work of the
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
Angelo Della Manna, the department's chief of Forensic Biology and DNA, said a DNA sample from the suspect still is needed to confirm the match.
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