Detectives use DNA to help solve cold case

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Thursday night a KELOLAND family has some long-awaited answers. 

25 years after someone brutally raped and murdered 26-year old Audrey Hoellein, police believe they’ve identified her killer. 

Audrey was living in Washington with her 5-year-old son when she died, but she was born in northeastern South Dakota and many of her family members still live in the state.  

At this time Wednesday night, Richard Knapp was making his first court appearance in Vancouver, Washington. 

Hundreds of miles away, Audrey’s family is watching the case finally unfold.

In July 1994 a neighbor at this Vancouver, WA apartment complex called police to check on Audrey Hoellein.  Police found the young mother raped and murdered.

Detectives collected DNA in the apartment and re-opened the case several times.  

Then, last year they tried something new. 

They sent the crime scene DNA to a lab that helps solve cold cases. 

The compnay came back with a possible suspect, 57-year-old Richard Knapp.

It was a match on Sunday and police arrested Knapp.

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