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.
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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.