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DNA evidence helps solve murder from 16 years ago

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A routine traffic stop helped police crack a murder case that has been cold for more than 16 years.

Officials with the Michigan State Police said the body of Patricia Lenee Leeper was found in a ditch along a road in Alcona County on March 19, 2000.

The death of the former Flint resident was ruled a homicide, but no arrests were made.

Investigators put DNA collected at the scene into the State DNA index System, also know as CODIS, where it sat for the next 16 years.

On April 18th of this year the Michigan State Police Crime lab notified detectives they finally had a match.

That match lead to the arrest of 40-year old Nathaniel Jermaine Ballard.

His DNA was collected after police arrested him for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Ballard was arraigned on an open murder charge in Alcona County on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

The judge set a $2.5 million cash bond.

Several agencies played a role in this investigation including the Alcona County Sheriff's Department, Flint police department, MSP Alpena, MSP Flint, HUNT Narcotics team, and the MSP Crime Lab.

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