Ohio man accused of murdering teacher who was bridesmaid at wedding after detectives found DNA match in genealogy database 26 years later
- Clayton Bernard Foreman, 61, was arrested in Ohio on April 29 and charged with capital murder in the brutal murder of Mary Catherine Edwards
- Cold case investigators linked Foreman to the case in April last year when DNA from the murder scene was linked to a genealogical database
- Foreman was arrested in Ohio on April 29 and is awaiting extradition to Texas
An Ohio man was charged with the sexual assault and murder of one of his then-wife’s friends 26 years ago after his DNA was compared through a genealogy database.
Clayton Bernard Foreman, 61, was arrested in Ohio on April 29 and charged with capital murder for the brutal murder of Mary Catherine Edwards on January 15, 1995.
Teacher Edwards was a close family friend and had even been a bridesmaid at his wedding to his first wife.
Cold case investigators were able to link Foreman to the case in April last year when they submitted DNA evidence on Edwards’s body to a lab for comparison with a genealogy database.
Law enforcement officials then collected DNA samples from trash outside the Foreman’s Ohio home and found a positive match, an affidavit said.
Clayton Bernard Foreman, 61, was arrested for a Texas murder in Ohio in 1995 and is charged with murder
Mary Catherine Edwards was a Texas teacher when she was found dead in her home in 1995
In the course of their investigation, police also say they found similarities between the murder of Edwards and a 1981 rape that Foreman had previously pleaded guilty to. 12 News now reports.
In the rape case, Foreman gave a classmate from a school a ride home after finding her at a gas station. Police say he “tied her hands behind her back with a belt and held a knife to her throat” before sexually assaulting her.
Edwards’ body was also discovered with her hands handcuffed behind her back, authorities say.
Edwards’ parents found her body in her home in Park Meadows, Texas, when they went to check on her for not answering the phone.
Her body was found in her bathtub with her hands cuffed behind her back and her head submerged, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. She had been sexually assaulted and murdered.
There are numerous similarities in the 1981 case and the “ murder of Edwards, ” according to the affidavit of arrest obtained by 12 News Now.
First, Edwards and the first victim both went to high school with the suspect. Second, their hands were tied behind their back. Third, both have been sexually assaulted. ‘
Edwards’ parents found her body in her home in Park Meadows, Texas, when they went to check on her for not answering the phone. Her body was found in the bathtub with her hands handcuffed behind her back and her head submerged
The Texas case went cold until last April, when researchers began to use genetic genealogy to identify the unknown suspect. News 4 San Antonio reported.
The DNA has been entered into a public GEDmatch database, an online service not visible to the public that compares DNA data files from different testing companies.
It first identified a great-nephew, and police worked up and down the family tree collecting DNA samples voluntarily submitted by more than 30 family members, News 4 San Antonio reported.
Detectives found DNA connections to the sides of Clayton Bernard Foreman’s mother and father, and Foreman became the prime suspect.
Foreman is currently in a jail in Ohio, awaiting extradition to Texas, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s records.