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16 years later, cold case may be cracked

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Patricia Leeper (Courtesy: Crime Stoppers) Patricia Leeper (Courtesy: Crime Stoppers)

A Mid-Michigan cold case homicide may finally be cracked after 16 years.

The body of Patricia Lenee Leeper, 39, was found in an Alcona County ditch near Curran on March 19, 2000.

Leeper, a Flint resident, was involved in prostitution and suffered from drug addiction. She had last been seen on March 11, 2000 in Flint.

Since her death DNA evidence associated with the crime scene and the unknown killer were collected. Over the years several persons of interest have had their DNA submitted for comparison, but none were a match, until April, 2016.

That’s when investigators learned that an association had been made with a man whose DNA was recently submitted on a felony arrest and conviction.

A DNA sample confirmed he was the match for the unknown male DNA from the crime scene and victim.

The unnamed man is now the prime suspect in the investigation. While he hasn’t been named, he’s described as a 40-year-old man with tied to both Flint and Curran. He would have been 24-years-old at the time of the crime.

He is currently behind bars for unrelated charges.

If you have any information that could help investigators further with this case, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL. 

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