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DNA tests link another victim to Arizona’s Baseline Killer

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police say they have identified another victim of the serial killer known as the Baseline Killer after more than a decade.

A recently tested rape kit contained DNA that linked convicted killer Mark Goudeau to a 30-year-old sexual assault case CBS 5 (KPHO-TV) reported (http://bit.ly/2nJJWGP ). Goudeau is on death row for nine murders and 15 sexual assaults that occurred from 2005 to 2006.

“A cold case detective came across this old case, was able to submit DNA, and that DNA has linked Mark Goudeau to this sexual assault from over 30 years ago,” said Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Jonathan Howard.

In 1985, Goudeau held a 22-year-old woman at gunpoint and ordered her to drive him to a different location where he raped her, police said. The woman reported the assault, but her rape kit remained untested until recently.

However, police said they cannot charge Goudeau for the assault because the statute of limitations for a rape case at the time of the assault was only five years.

Howard said the department reached out the woman, who has since moved out of the state, to let her know that Goudeau is in jail, hoping to give her some closure.

“She was surprised. She recalls the incident well. She was very pleased. She was happy. I think she was probably shocked. Hopefully, after she had time to process she says, ‘Hey, the Phoenix Police Department didn’t forget about me,'” said Howard.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/

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