Source: Man in custody in connection to 1984 Cleveland murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer
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Tina Kaufmann, newsnet5.com
12:19 PM, May 14, 2013
7:14 PM, May 14, 2013
Cleveland police have a man in custody in connection to the unsolved rape and murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.
The young teen was killed in Dec. 1984 while walking to school.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office tells 5 On Your Side chief investigator Ron Regan they did not perform the testing, but was told of a positive DNA match and notified the Cuyahoga County Crime Lab.
A news conference is set to be held Tuesday afternoon but a time hasn't been given.
In an earlier report that NewsChannel5 broke, chief investigator Ron Regan reported police agencies across the state sent more than 2,300 untested DNA -- or rape -- kits to a state crime lab for testing that could potentially help solve hundreds of sexual assault cases, some dating back decades.
Nearly half of the kits submitted came from the Cleveland police department, which could have about 390 potential cases when all the currently submitted data is tested.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said he plans to add up to two more detectives to the unit handling those cases and get assistance from the FBI, if needed.
Matches don't automatically mean a rape case is solved, but they can give detectives investigative leads, confirm original suspects or identify serial rapists. Officials also point out that some of the older rape cases could run up against a 20-statute of limitations that would prevent prosecuting those cases.
The DNA database helped recently solve two other Cleveland crimes. Charles Steele, 60, was indicted for raping and kidnapping a Cleveland woman in an abandoned garage in 1993. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Steele's DNA matched another attack that happened eight months later. He is currently in prison for a rape conviction and more charges are pending.
In addition, 42-year-old Anthony Moore has also been indicted for rape, kidnapping, felonious assault and attempted murder for another 1993 crime, DeWine said.
A Cleveland police source said the department expects to solve thousands of cases over the next few years.