2009-04-16 / Front Page

Alleged Rapist Jailed

DNA evidence allegedly links Kevin Foor to June 2008 rape of Wells Valley woman
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

DNA evidence found at the crime scene linked a Defiance,

Kevin Foor Sr. Kevin Foor Sr. Pa., man to the rape and kidnapping of a Wells Valley woman that occurred not far from the intersection of Enid and Wells Valley roads last June.

Forty-three-year-old Kevin Duane Foor Sr. of 174 Fox Street was sent to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bond last Tuesday afternoon following arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Devine Horne. Foor faces charges of kidnapping, rape, criminal attempt rape, criminal attempt involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Angela Roher of the McConnellsburg state police barracks, within two days of the incident that occurred on June 16, Foor was developed into a suspect as were other potential leads. Foor was not present at his place of employment on the day of the sexual assault, according to Roher, who added Foor would not consent to be interviewed by fellow state police investigator Trooper Richard Cutchall or submit to a polygraph examination. He would, however, provide police with a DNA sample.

The DNA sample collected with a swab was analyzed by forensic scientist Sabine Panzner Kaelin at the Greensburg laboratory. The results, Trooper Roher stated in the affidavit, revealed one piece of a latex glove found at the scene contained a mixture of the victim and Foor's DNA. Two additional pieces of glove located had either Foor's or the victim's DNA.

The 12:30 p.m. assault occurred along Enid Road in Wells Township while the victim was taking a walk. A man wearing a nylon stocking over his head emerged from a wooded area on the northern berm and put a hand over her mouth to keep her quiet. The man was dressed in blue jeans, a white T-shirt and latex gloves. The victim also noted the man's breath had a strong alcoholic odor.

She hit the man with a stick and even held on to a tree to keep from being dragged further into the woods, the affidavit states. During the course of the sexual assault, the victim told the suspect her husband knew how long her walk took and he would come looking for her. After being told to get up, the victim walked home and alerted her husband.

In addition to completing a ground search, an aerial search was conducted by state police helicopter yielding negative results.

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