DNA tests link firefighter to schoolgirl's murder

21st June 2006, Comments 0 comments

NIMES, France, June 21, 2006 (AFP) - A French firefighter was placed under investigation Wednesday over the rape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl almost 20 years ago after DNA testing linked him to the crime, prosecutors said.

NIMES, France, June 21, 2006 (AFP) - A French firefighter was placed under investigation Wednesday over the rape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl almost 20 years ago after DNA testing linked him to the crime, prosecutors said.

Robert Greiner, 53, a firefighter from the southeastern city of Avignon, was ordered to undergo a DNA test after he was convicted of assault in a road-rage incident in 2004.

Investigators later uncovered similarities between his DNA and that taken from the young victim's body two decades earlier and logged in a national crime database.

Evelyne Boucher, a high school student from Avignon, was raped and shot dead in December 1987, her body recovered on a strip of wasteland in the town of Angles, 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of the city.

Two sets of tests carried out this month revealed the DNA samples to be a 99.9-percent match, the state prosecutor of Nimes in southeastern France told a press conference.

Greiner denies all connection to the crime and his lawyer has contested the reliability of the samples taken from Boucher's body.

He was taken into custody and was to be brought before an investigating judge later Wednesday.

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