Rodney Clark, Dana Fader murder case: DNA test leads to arrest in 25-year-old Lake Worth murder

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- More than twenty-five years after the death of a Lake Worth woman, murder charges have been filed against a Mississippi man.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has been investigating the death of Dana Fader since June of 1987.

In 2006, the sheriff's office received a federal grant and a DNA profile was conducted in the Fader case. No suspects were found at that time.

But when deputies placed the DNA into a database in 2012, they found a match to Rodney Clark.

Clark was found in Jackson, Mississippi by investigators. Clark told investigators that he had lived in Palm Beach County in 1987, according to his arrest report.

Clark denied knowing Fader. PBSO deputies arrested Rodney Clark and charged him with first degree murder.

Fader was reported missing by her family, and at the time of her death, she was living with her then 3-year-old son and brother at the Willow Lake Apartments on 10th Ave North in Lake Worth.

A family member discovered her body in her car in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

An autopsy of the death revealed that Faber had been strangled.

He was booked into the Palm Beach County jail and made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning. He is being held without bond.

NewsChannel 5's Jamel Lanee' contributed to this report

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