DNA Links Triple Murder Suspect to Sex Crime

By: Michael Wooten Email
By: Michael Wooten Email

There are new charges for a man accused of murdering a mother and her two young daughters.

Robert Drown is now accused of sexually assaulting a woman from Huntington nearly a decade ago. Police said the case from 1998 was never closed.

A woman from Westmorland said she was sexually assaulted at night and because of the dark she couldn’t see her attacker.

Investigators recovered D-N-A from the crime scene, but they never had a match until Robert Drown’s D-N-A made it into the national database.

With the match, Drown faces additional charges of first degree sexual assault and nighttime burglary.

"The three people you have in Kentucky, they were killed, and that was awful. But this lady here, a part of her died on September 23, 1998, too," said Detective Chris Sperry with the Huntington Police Department.

Drown was arrested last month and police said he burglarized the home of Jennifer Ison, raped one of her daughters and then set their Grayson home on fire. All three victims died.

At the news conference to announce the arrest, West Virginia State Police stood shoulder to shoulder with Kentucky officers. Many agencies worked together to investigate the triple murder.
Huntington police said it was a tip from Kentucky officers that led to these additional charges in West Virginia.

Robert Drown is still fighting extradition back to Kentucky to face charges for the triple murder. He is still in a regional jail in West Virginia.

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