CENTERVILLE — A plastic milk container and genealogy.

Centerville police used both of those items recently to figure out who allegedly attacked a 71-year-old woman while she was practicing the organ in a church meetinghouse. It’s the same technology used by authorities to identify and arrest the Golden State Killer last year.

On Nov. 17, a Saturday night, a woman was alone in a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 270 N. 300 East in Centerville. The doors to the building were locked.

“Someone began pounding on the door to the chapel, where she was playing. She ignored it because she was alone. She said that it went on for some time before the pounding stopped,” according to a newly unsealed search warrant filed in 2nd District Court.

Soon after the pounding on the door stopped, the woman was grabbed from behind while still sitting at the organ and was attacked.

“Her attacker put her in a rear choke-hold and pulled her straight back off the bench,” the warrant states. “The attacker strangled her to the point that she lost consciousness. She reported that she believed she had lost consciousness multiple times.”

As detectives began investigating the case, they found a …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


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