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Police say DNA solved cold case

According to police, a 10-year-old child-molestation case has been solved as a result of DNA testing.

The Clayton Police Department announced in a press statement Tuesday, that Detective Jerald Parks obtained arrest warrants on Oct. 22 against Michael Bernard Heath, 35, for aggravated child molestation, sodomy, sexual battery, burglary and false imprisonment.

The warrants came after an official report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed that Heath's DNA matched evidence collected from a 1999 rape case that occurred in Clayton County.

According to Officer India Smith, a police spokesperson, Heath was 26 years of age at the time of the crime. He is currently incarcerated at the Valdosta State Prison on unrelated charges, she said in the news release.

In January, 1999, a 13-year-old female reported being raped at her residence, according to the police statement released by Officer Smith. The victim said that she was attacked by an unknown black male, whose face was covered with a black stocking.

- Linda Looney-Bond