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Pima County Sheriff's detectives solve cold case through DNA evidence

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TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff's detectives say back in 2002, a woman was sexually assaulted in a remote area on Tucson's east side near Swan Rd. and Skyline.

She went to the police but almost sixteen years passed and the case went cold until last fall. New evidence surfaced in September.

Detectives crossed state lines to catch their suspect. 

"The data base identified a match in Department of Corrections in Oklahoma," Det. Jesus Rodriguez said.

43-year-old Troy Ringwald was arrested, charged and extradited back to Tucson last month, all thanks to DNA evidence.

"The DNA database exist for a reason," Rodriguez said. "It's specifically for this situation in case down the line we do get a match."   

The Sheriff's Department would not release the name of the victim, but police say she has been notified. Now, she and detectives past and present, feel a sense of relief. 

"It begins back in 2002 with other detectives at the time, other deputies,"  Rodriguez said. "It's not just for the victim in this case, it's for other detectives, other deputies, the rest of the people that vested any time."

Ringwald is facing charges of attempted murder, two counts of sexual assault, one count of sex abuse and kidnapping. No word on when Ringwald will make his initial court appearance. 

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