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Cold Case: DNA sample submitted in 2005 leads to arrest in 1986 ‘brutal homicide and sexual battery,’ sheriff says

Authorities in Florida say a man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a brutal murder more than three decades ago.

According to ABC News, 50-year-old Danny Lynn Emitt was living in Knoxville, Tennessee, when police arrested him for the July 1986 murder of 38-year-old Eveline Aguilar.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced the Wednesday arrest. Sheriff Dennis Lemma described it as a “brutal homicide and sexual battery” that left the victim dead on her apartment floor with multiple stab wounds on her body.

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An initial investigation did not lead to a suspect in connection with the violent homicide. Nearly two decades later, though, Emitt reportedly volunteered to submit a semen sample related to an investigation in Melbourne, Florida, as reported by WFTV.

That sample proved to be a match to the Aguilar case when it was reopened about a year ago.

Lemma noted that three of Aguilar’s sisters were on hand when he made the announcement of Emitt’s arrest on Thursday. He is expected to face criminal charges including premeditated murder in the first degree and burglary.

Reports indicate he was booked into the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility after his arrest in Tennessee and was still awaiting extradition to Florida as of the latest updates available.

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[Featured images: Eveline Aguilar, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office/Danny Lynn Emitt, Knox County Sheriff’s Office]