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DNA links 1998 D.C. killing to series of Montgomery Co. rapes

ROCKVILLE — Investigators say DNA connects the 1998 killing of a woman in Georgetown to a series of sexual assaults in Montgomery County from the same time.

Now police in the District of Columbia plan to start a website to drum up interest in the case and elicit tips on the suspect.

Police say DNA links eight rapes or attempted sexual assaults from 1991 to 1998 to the beating death 13 years ago of Christine Mirzayan. Mirzayan, who was participating in a fellowship program with the National Academies of Science, was walking home in Georgetown when police say she was attacked, sexually assaulted and bludgeoned.

Investigators aren’t sure if the suspect is still committing crimes, in prison or even still alive. But they hope the website can bring attention to the cases.