Massachusetts authorities say tests on DNA taken last year from the dead body of a man in Alabama have solved the 1992 slaying of a woman whose body was found burned in a fire in an abandoned building in Worcester.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said Wednesday that DNA from the remains of James Earl Johnson was a match for the DNA recovered from the autopsy of 30-year-old Denise Comeau and DNA profiles in two other rape cases from the 1990s.
The rape victims have died.
Johnson's body was exhumed from a cemetery near Tuskegee, Ala., for DNA testing last October. He had lived in Worcester for 15 years.
Authorities said he had been a suspect in one of the rapes, but was never charged.
He died in 2008 at age 58.