Cold case: New DNA technology links man to kidnapping & sexual assault of 14-year-old girl from '95

DENVER - A 40-year-old man has been charged in the kidnapping and sex assault of a girl that occurred 18 years ago.

The girl, who was 14 years old in March 1995, was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man who had offered her and her friends a ride. The case was unsolved at the time.

In 2004, the cold case was reviewed using advances in DNA technology. The review uncovered biological material on the girl's clothing but there was not enough to develop a DNA profile.

This past June Denver’s Cold Case Project reviewed the case again and a Denver Crime Lab forensic scientist was able to use new DNA technology to develop a DNA profile, which was then submitted to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

The Denver Police Department was notified of a match in the federal database, identifying Markie Lee Peoples as a suspect.

Peoples was charged last week with kidnapping and sexual assault on a child.

He was arrested and released on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 27.

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