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Who is Jared Vaughn?
Jared Vaughn charged with raping a student on January 27, 2007, Tampa police said. Vaughn, who turned himself in to a Tampa jail on June 16 on a sexual assault charge, was identified as the rape suspect with a mathematical probability of “1 in 700 billion,” said Ruben Delgado, deputy chief of police for the Tampa police.
“If it weren’t for this technology, I’m not sure we’d be here today,” said a special agent working on the case.
How old is Jared Vaughn?
He is 44 years old.
The Washington Post reported that the student encountered a stranger who offered to accompany her to her bedroom.
The suspect fled when the student’s roommate returned to the dorm, according to WTVT in Tampa.
“[The roommate] described the man as shocked and nervous, as if he was not expecting someone to come to the apartment,” said a police report, according to WTVT. “She went to the bathroom with the victim and closed the door, and she never saw the man again.”
Vaughn did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment. Vaughn’s attorney, Brett Metcalf, declined comment Tuesday.
An unresolved violation of a University of Tampa student was resolved this month when Florida police used public genealogy databases to connect the suspect’s DNA to the 2007 case, authorities said.
“It has taken 14 years for the resolution of this case, but it is something that was important for us, something important for the victim, that we put some closure on this case,” Delgado announced on June 22 during a press conference.
In March 2020, detectives reexamined the case to potentially use public genealogy databases, police said. Tampa police partnered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, uniquely called FDLE, which uses Parabon NanoLabs to search genealogy databases.
Parabon Nanolabs reviewed GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA records, police said, and identified Vaughn as a possible suspect last March.
Mark Brutnell, a special agent in charge of the FDLE, told a news conference that investigators only use public DNA databases as a “last resort.”
“All other investigative leads need to be exhausted before we do this kind of process,” he said. “If it weren’t for this technology, I’m not sure we would be here today.”
Detectives also used “old-school police work,” Brutnell said, such as collecting DNA in the original case in 2007, conducting interviews and conducting surveillance, to fix the case.
Once Vaughn was identified, investigators obtained a DNA search warrant; he worked with a detective in Parkersburg, West Virginia; and collected DNA from Vaughn through mouth swabs on May 5, police said. Eight days later, Vaughn was identified as the rape suspect.
Detectives can only legally obtain DNA from public genealogy databases if clients using those databases give their consent, Brutnell said.