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DNA from tissue leads to arrest of Golden State Killer suspect

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Posted at 4:14 PM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 19:14:09-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Court records show DNA from a tissue left in a trash can led authorities to arrest a former California police officer suspected of being the Golden State Killer. 

The documents released Friday about the arrest of 72-year-old Joseph DeAngelo detail the case that Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators pieced together to obtain an arrest warrant in April. 

DeAngelo is suspected of committing at least a dozen killings and roughly 50 rapes in the 1970s and 80s. 

Investigators linked DeAngelo to the killings by plugging DNA collected from a semen sample at one of the crime scenes into a genealogical website.

Authorities say they then collected trash from a can left outside DeAngelo’s house to make the final DNA match.