DNA from sexual assault kit backlog identifies suspect in 2 cold-case rapes

2 months ago

New Mexico news.

Van Overton, 45, is facing charges in two cold-case rapes in New Mexico and California after DNA testing was executed last month on a backlogged rape kit from 1997.

Two women’s lives have been irrevocably changed because of these incidents",a 17-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman "The gravity of what we were dealing with was not lost on us." Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said in a statement.

The suspect was detained to Mountain View police.

After his arrest in New Mexico. And was ordered held without bail.