August 18, 2006
On Webland Drive in Albemarle County on this day two years ago the serial rapist entered the home of his last know victim and sexually assaulted her.
“Unfortunately rape is an under-reported crime and we don't know whether this predator has offended over the last two years,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo.
What police do know is that DNA links this rapist to seven attacks since 1997. They say he is unpredictable and that sometimes he goes months and even years before striking. So he not having struck in two years is not out of the ordinary but still after eliminating over 200 suspects they admit the investigative trail is running cold.
“I think we've gotten to a point--and we frankly have gotten there some time ago--where we've ran out of just about every investigative lead that we have,” said Longo.
They've talked to every witness, followed up on every lead and interviewed every victim and it’s frustrating when that information leads nowhere but that doesn't mean detectives have stopped working on the case. A task force still meets monthly.
“I refuse to say that it's a cold case because I think that communicates a message within the organization and outside the organization that we've done all we can and I don't think you can ever do all you can,” said Longo.
Police say it’s possible the rapist left the area but they do believe he is still here among us.
“We can't let time and distance take our eye off of what the goal and the mission is here and that is to find out who this person is and bring him to justice,” said Longo.
Police know they can only bring this predator to justice with the public’s help. If you have a gut feeling or any little bit of information you think can help give police a call at 434-977-4000. The reward for information leading to an arrest is now $55,000.