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Myrtle Beach man linked to 1998 rape case through DNA sample

A DNA sample taken in 1998 during a sexual assault investigation has led to the arrest of a Myrtle Beach man, according to Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler.

Raphel Burroughs, 56, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct Tuesday and is in custody in Bennettsville, Kegler said.

The investigation began when Horry County police were called Sept. 3, 1998, to a field area on Ronald McNair Boulevard in the Myrtle Beach area for a sexual assault, Kegler said. Police found a woman had been sexually assaulted at knifepoint by a man and officials took DNA samples during their investigation.

At the time the sample was run through the Combined DNA Index System, which is a databank of samples, but no match was found, Kegler said. On Dec. 17, Horry County investigators were notified that the sample was matched to a prisoner, who was jailed on unrelated charges in Bennettsville.

The case was reopened and the samples were analyzed again, Kegler said. Officials determined Burroughs’ DNA match the sample taken during the sexual assault investigation.

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