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COLD CASE: Minn. man extradited in sex assault, murder of Chicago girl

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Chicago police traveled north this week to arrest and charge a 47-year-old Cold Spring man with the sexual assault and murder of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in November of 2009.

Rene Valentin-Matos was arrested without incident at his Cold Springs home, and was extradited to Chicago on May 6. He will make his first court appearance on Thursday.

THE CRIME

On Nov. 15, 2009, family members reported 12-year-old Jahmeshia Conner had failed to return home after visiting an aunt and was missing. Fifteen days later, a body was found behind a garage in the 6400 block of South Marshfield, and was later confirmed to be Conner's.

THE EVIDENCE

For nearly 5 years, detectives have been searching for evidence, but earlier this year, the Illinois State Crime Lab recovered a DNA sample from a separate sexual assault victim that matched the DNA evidence collected during the investigation of Conner's homicide.

Chicago police connected that DNA to Valentin-Matos, and detectives began a worldwide search to locate him in January. Police tracked Valentin-Matos to a home near Cold Spring, Minn., and then contacted authorities there to tell them what their investigation had uncovered.

Once Valentin-Matos was taken into custody by Cold Spring police, detectives gathered and submitted DNA to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, which again determined the DNA was a match with the samples collected from Conner crime scene.

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