|An artist's rendering (left) of the suspect in an unsolved 1991 rape is compared to the suspect identified in the attack, 42-year-old Timothy Belviy, now incarcerated in state prison in Missouri.|
Justice has finally come to an Indianapolis girl
some 13 years after she was raped and beaten by a stranger in a
case that was solved by persistent detective work, and a DNA
Indianapolis police will announce today that
bloodwork links a Missouri inmate to the 1991 attack on a
A picture of the suspect, Timothy Belviy, 42,
matches an old artist's rendering that the girl described to police
after she was attacked Sept. 10, 1991 in her home in the 1700 block
of South East Street.
After the attack
authorities were able to use seminal fluid, but it wasn't "viable"
enough to link to Belviy.
"Back then obviously we weren't state of the art,"
said IPD Sgt. Michael Duke, a former child-abuse detective who
oversaw the case. "When this happened we didn't have the technology
to capture him."
What authorities had was an almost perfect artist's
rendering of a suspect provided by the girl down to the mustache
and a pair of rimmed glasses.
Duke said that as technology improved, the evidence
collected from the crime was enough to provide a lead DNA source to
the Indiana State Police crime lab. A national database of DNA
identified Belviy as a potential suspect.
Duke traveled to Southeast Correctional Center in
Charleston, Mo., and took a new blood sample Aug. 15, 2003. From
the blood sample a DNA profile was developed that matched
More details will be released at a 1 p.m. news
"We were doing everything that we thought was the
best that you could have," Duke said. "And if I could have looked
forward to today and saw what we're using today, it is 'Star
IPD Sgt. Steve Staletovich said police can expect
to be solving more so-called cold cases in the future thanks to DNA
and other modern equipment, including a computer scanner that
records both palm and fingerprints.