An update to their Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in 2016 improved fingerprint matching algorithms, system structure, accuracy, and efficiency.
In January during a case review, Cold Case Detectives requested the fingerprints be processed again. This time the system identified one possible match — Russell Lee Rogers of Oak Vale, Mississippi.
Through cooperation with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, a search warrant was obtained to collect DNA from Rogers. The DNA was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center for analysis.
It confirmed Rogers as the suspect in the case.
An arrest warrant was obtained and on Friday Rogers was arrested by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Pinellas County Detectives interviewed the suspect in Monticello, Mississippi. He told them he couldn't recall the incident, but didn't deny the allegations against him.
He was charged and booked into jail in Mississippi where he is waiting to be extradited to Pinellas County.