A previous member of the Air Force has been linked by DNA and charged in the 1993 murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of 9-year-old Angie Housman, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Angie was abducted after getting off the school bus, introducing a frantic search that lasted days, stated St. Charles County Prosecuting Lawyer Tim Lohmar. The Nov. 18, 1993, criminal offense horrified the St. Charles County, Missouri, area, he said.
On Nov. 27, 1993, Angie’s naked body was found by a hunter in St. Charles County, Lohmar said. She was handcuffed and her head was wrapped in duct tape other than for her nose, he said. She suffered a “considerable, violent sexual attack” and “had a hard time extensively to complimentary herself before she ultimately died” in freezing temperatures, he stated.
Her cause of death was determined to be hypothermia, he stated.
Years passed, up until this year a forensic researcher analyst figured out a piece of proof at the criminal offense scene had an unidentified suspect’s DNA, he said.
Suspect Earl Cox– whose DNA was in CODIS– had his DNA collected with his permission, and it was identified to be a match to the criminal activity scene, Lohmar said at a news conference Wednesday.
This year the DNA was discovered on “the pink trim of the two torn pieces of victim’s underpants, found at the crime scene,” according to the probable cause document.
Cox has actually been charged with murder, kidnapping and sodomy, Lohmar stated.
Cox, who is presently a patient at a North Carolina medical facility as an outcome of sentencing in a kid porn case, is anticipated to be given Missouri within the next few weeks, Lohmar said.
It’s possible another suspect was associated with the crime, too, he included.
Cox had employed in the U.S. Air Force in 1974, Lohmar said, and in 1982, he was dishonorably discharged due to multiple sex offenses involving juveniles. Cox served 8 years in prison and in 1985 he was launched and put on parole, Lohmar said.
In 1988 he moved his parole supervision to Missouri where he lived, he said. In 1992, after a series of parole violations, Cox was launched again from jail and returned to Missouri, he stated.