Published on March 3rd, 2021 | by Oxford Police Department


Oxford Police Use DNA to Solve 2013 Sexual Assault

On October 20, 2013, the Oxford Police Department began investigating a sexual assault by an unknown perpetrator. In late 2020, investigators learned of a possible DNA match linking an individual to the sexual assault kit from 2013.

This individual was located in Indiana and investigators  worked with the Indiana Department of Corrections to acquire a new DNA sample so another comparison could be done at the state crime lab.  

Once the crime lab finished testing the new samples collected from Indiana, they confirmed that Jerry Owens (44 of Evansville, Indiana) was a positive match. The case was presented to the Lafayette County Grand Jury and Owens was subsequently arrested for rape on February 24th, 2021. He is currently being held without bond at the Lafayette County Detention Center.  

Chief McCutchen would like to thank investigators for their efforts by continuing to work on a cold  case and to provide answers.

“We are grateful for the impassioned pursuit to bring closure to this case  and to the victim,” McCutchen said.  

If you, or anybody you know, is a survivor of abuse, please reach out to the Oxford Police Department or the national R.A.I.N.N. hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

Jerry Owens (44 of Evansville, Indiana)

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The Oxford Police Department is housed 715 Molly Barr Road. The department has more than 70 full-time officers and staff and provides a wide range of protection and enforcement services. The Police Department has a community-oriented policing philosophy and provides around-the-clock patrols. Other services include crime prevention programs, such as Neighborhood Watch and D.A.R.E., as well as specialized units including Mounted Patrol, K-9 Unit, DUI Enforcement and the City Dispatch. Crime Reports provided to The Local Voice come directly from the Oxford Police Department.

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