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DNA Links Dead Man to 11 Rapes

July 22, 1999

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Detectives have used the DNA of a dead man to link him to nearly a dozen rapes and robberies in Jacksonville and Washington, D.C., authorities said Wednesday.

Leon Dundas, 38, apparently raped eight women in Washington, D.C., and three women in Jacksonville between 1997 and 1998, said Lt. Paul Woolard, a sex crimes investigator for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Dundas was shot to death in March in Jacksonville. Police have no motive or suspects.

Detectives investigating the homicide remembered that Dundas had been questioned last year about several rapes, but refused to give a blood sample. He denied knowing anything about the attacks, Woolard said.

Detectives took a blood sample from Dundas’ body and submitted it to the FBI for comparison to DNA from semen found on the victims. The samples matched.

``The FBI is continuing to process evidence from other rapes here,″ said Cmdr. Winston Robinson. ``He could be a suspect in other rapes.″

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