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Hendersonville Police Charge Man With 1985 Rape, Kidnapping Of 12-Year-Old Girl

Hendersonville Police Charge Man With 1985 Rape, Kidnapping Of 12-Year-Old Girl

CREATED Jul 16, 2014
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Police in Hendersonville said DNA evidence led to the indictment of a man in a nearly 30-year old cold case kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Hendersonville Police said 50-year-old Lane Walter Edwards has been indicted on aggravated kidnapping and rape charges in connection with the case from March 1985.

Investigators said the victim was kidnapped from her family's home along Shivel Drive around 1:26 a.m. on March 31, 1985. She told police a man in a beige station wagon took her to a remote area along Center Point Road, where he sexually assaulted her.

The man then fled the scene in the vehicle. The victim managed to get to a nearby home, where 911 was called.

Investigators said DNA helped lead to the indictment of Edwards, who is currently incarcerated in Bledsoe County. The Tennessee Department of Corrections said he was in prison for attempted aggravated rape and first degree murder.

Edwards has a criminal history in Nashville that dates back to at least 1988, according to Criminal Court Clerk records.

Authorities said the DNA evidence collected in 1985 had been properly stored. It was recently sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, where it was tested and a match was located.

There is no statute of limitations on the crime. If convicted, Edwards will face a minimum of 20 years of prison.