MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) – A Clinton Township man was arraigned Wednesday for the kidnapping and rape of a 62-year-old woman as she left a church bingo game in Roseville in 1998.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith says DNA has connected convicted sex offender Michael Loftis to the crime.READ MORE: What Is The Best Sunscreen For Me? Environmental Working Group Releases Annual Guide
Loftis, 44, had to give a DNA sample when he briefly moved to California and that matched the evidence in the case.
“Once he moved to California, there’s a regulation there that all sex offenders have to have a DNA sample on file and that’s what led us to the CODIS hit we got,” said Smith.
Police, teamed with prosecutors and the Michigan State Police to track down nurses, doctors, lab scientists, and police officers involved in the 1998 processing of the crime scene, and unearthed medical notes and interview statements which establish the scientific evidence.
Police recovered DNA from the victim’s car and clothing but for years police could not connect a suspect to the crime and then Loftis moved.READ MORE: Parole Denied For Don Miller Who Killed 4 Women In Lansing In The 1970s
“The victim has unfortunately passed away so we have to recreate this entire crime – and recreate all the evidence through outside means. We spent some time and some research going through it and we think we’ve put together a formidable case including obviously the DNA,” Smith said.
Although the victim died in 2011 Smith says the family is pleased by the arrest:
“… it makes you feel good about what you do … even sixteen years later our law enforcement is tracking down people like Michael Loftis and making sure they pay.”
“The family feels like something was taken from them, and this poor victim is not here to see the end with us but Roseville PD are going to follow through to make sure he gets what he deserves,” said Smith.MORE NEWS: Michigan Court Seeks More From Whitmer About Abortion Ban Challenge
Loftis is charged with criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and unlawful imprisonment.