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DNA match points to suspect in 2-year-old burglary case

DNA found on a drinking straw at the scene of a 2010 Eagle Point burglary has led investigators to a likely culprit, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said today.

The evidence points to Rogue River resident Molly Jane Williams, 42, who was arrested in April on multiple other burglary charges. A first-degree burglary charge in this case has been submitted to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review while Williams remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail, officials said.

The case began on March 12, 2010, when Jackson County sheriff's deputies got a report of a burglary in the 1800 block of Brownsboro Meridian Road in Eagle Point. Thousands of dollars worth of power tools, hand tools and other miscellaneous property were stolen from the home, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Deputies working at the scene collected evidence, including a straw found in an energy drink container that the homeowners said didn't belong to them and likely had been left behind by the burglars. The evidence was sent to the Department of State Police Forensic Laboratory.

Investigators followed up on multiple leads, but made no arrests in the case until they got a break this month.

The police laboratory reported test results showing that DNA on the straw came from Williams. The lab confirmed that only one in 10 billion people have this DNA profile.

Williams was already lodged in the Jackson County Jail on multiple burglary charges related to cases from 2010 to 2012, along with additional charges of theft, aggravated theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession and delivery of methamphetamine. Lodged on April 2, she is held in lieu of $501,000 bail, jail records show.

The investigation into the March 2010 burglary is continuing.

"We believe she was working with others," Carlson said, adding investigators aren't releasing details about other suspects yet.

— Ryan Pfeil

Correction: The headline of this story has been updated.

DNA match points to suspect in 2-year-old burglary case