Athens Police release new sketch of sexual assault suspect

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ATHENS, OH (WCMH) –  Athens Police released a new composite, Wednesday, of the sexual predator authorities have been searching for over the past several months.

The newly released composite was produced through a process called DNA phenotyping.

This is the first time the Athens Police Department has ever used to this type of technology.

Thanks to the collection of a sufficient amount of the suspect’s DNA, an image based solely on that DNA was produced.

Attributes including skin, hair and eye color and even freckles can be predicted through the process.

Police hope this will greatly increase the chances of tracking down the suspect.

The Athens Police Department partnered with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to get the new composite created.

Authorities believe the same suspect is responsible for three different sexual assaults in Athens.

It was in late January that authorities alerted the community they had identified a third sexual assault linked to cases in 2006 and June of 2015.

That third assault took place on December 12, 2015.

All three sexual assaults occurred under similar circumstances when a female victim walked home alone from the uptown area early in the morning.

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