COLD CASE: Persistent detectives, unusual use of DNA solve Ontario rape

ONTARIO – Under a gray October sky, Oregon State Police Detective Damian Acosta drove south toward Klamath Falls and a rendezvous with justice.

Some six hours and 360 miles away lay the embers of a cold case that suddenly burned hot.

Acosta couldn’t help but be excited as he drove. He felt he and his colleagues were about to provide relief for an elderly Ontario woman and her family.

The veteran detective knew much had to go right to finally catch the suspect in the 2012 rape. He worried Michael G. Souter, then 36, would evade police one more time.

Police had turned to a DNA technique not widely used in the country to make the case that Souter was their man. Born in Mississippi and with a record of petty crimes, Souter had disappeared from Ontario just as police . . .