Smyrna man arrested in connection to 2013 rape of teenager

Investigators say they have new leads in a Smyrna rape case that happened back in 2013, thanks to DNA evidence.

Smyrna Police say it all started on June 5th, 2013 between 4:00 and 6:00 PM, when a 14-year-old girl, who was walking between the Smyrna Mart Shopping Center to the George Wright Municipal Park in Smyrna, was approached from behind. According to the report, the girl was dragged into the woods, and forcibly raped by an unknown man.

The girl then reported the incident to authorities, and was treated for injuries at Kent General Hospital, where DNA was collected. Police say the victim gave investigators a description of the suspect at the time, which was then released in an attempt to identify the suspect, but that apparently turned up nothing.

The sexual assault kit that was gathered, was then turned over to what is now State of Delaware Forensics Science laboratory, for analysis, which was later submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Combined DNA Index System Unit. This database compares the DNA to all known samples, and in December 2014, Authorities say a match was found, 22-year-old Tyrone Turcotte, of Smyrna.

Police say they then got back into contact with the victim, who then immediately recognized the suspect, as the one who attacked and raped her.

With the new information, investigators say they then located, and arrested Turcotte, on two counts of rape 1st degree, kidnapping 1st degree, strangulation, unlawful sexual contact 2nd degree, and assault 3rd degree. He is currently being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $160,000 cash bond, pending future court date.

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