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Ohio Man Accused Of Killing Woman In 1991 May Also Be Responsible For Second Murder 5 Years Later: Police

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Source: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Aug. 10 2022, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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Authorities in Ohio said advances in DNA technology have led to the identification of a suspect in a 31-year-old cold case murder who may also be tied to a second unsolved slaying.

Deputies in Franklin County arrested Robert Edwards, 67, on an aggravated murder charge in connection with the June 1991 death of Alma Lake in Urbancrest.

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According to court records obtained by WCMH, Edwards is also accused of sexually assaulting Lake, whose nude body was found lying outside in grass.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was able to use forensic evidence from the scene to develop a DNA profile of Lake’s suspected killer, but detectives were unable to make a match with anyone and the case eventually went cold.

In 2020, the bureau’s Cold Case Unit reexamined evidence in the case using new technology and identified Edwards as a suspect in the case.

Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Edwards DNA.

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Detectives believe the DNA profile allegedly may also tie Edwards to the November 1996 murder of a second woman, Michelle Dawson-Pass, in Licking County, according to WCMH.

Edwards has not been charged with her death.

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