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Indianapolis detective turns to crowdfunding to raise $1,200 for DNA testing in 1993 killing

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis detective has used crowdfunding to raise money needed to do DNA testing on evidence from a 1993 rape and murder.

The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1MVeUjt ) reports $996 was needed for a Utah lab to test the DNA. Detective Sgt. William Carter set up an account on gofundme.com on Tuesday to raise the money.

After posting a link on a Facebook page set up for 19-year-old victim Carmen Hope Van Huss, Carter has collected more than $1,200. Van Huss was found dead in her Indianapolis apartment by her father in March 1993.

The city had previously paid the lab nearly $1,600 to test DNA, but it instead tested evidence belonging to the victim. Maj. Chris Bailey, the department's assistant criminal investigations commander, said the city doesn't usually use or pay for the DNA test because it hasn't "been proven to be useful in a lot of cases."

A miscommunication between the lab and the department resulted in the city paying for the first test.

"We got the bill, and then we had to pay for it," Bailey said.

Carter was told the department couldn't pay for a second test. He said inspiration to go public came from hearing about the department's mounted police asking for donations to treat a sick horse. The Star ran a story about the horse with skin cancer earlier this week.

Carter said the new test will narrow down a field of more than 100 people of interest. He donated $50 to the cause, and he said any extra money would go to Crime Stoppers.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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