LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Deputies believe the man responsible for a nearly 26-year-old homicide, is now behind bars. Rodney Clark went before a Palm Beach County judge early Tuesday morning.
The murder of Dana Fader had been considered a cold case until last year when detectives ran Clark's DNA evidence through a national database and got a match.
On June 20 th 1987, Fader's body was found strangled in the backseat of her car at the Willow Lakes Apartments in Lake Worth.
Deputies said Fader came home early that morning and told her brother she was going to a friend's apartment. Her family said when the mother of three never came home, they contacted authorities to file a missing persons report. Deputies later found her car parked on the side of the building. Investigators said there was evidence of a sexual assault.
Detectives extradited Clark from Mississippi where he was living as a convicted sex offender. He admitted to living in Palm Beach County in 1987, but denied knowing the victim or being near the her car the night of the murder.
The sheriff's department reopened the case in 2006, but results from DNA in Florida's database came back negative. In 2012 they got a match from Clark's DNA on a national database.
Investigators said his fingerprints also matched the prints on the car from the original crime scene.
He has been denied bond and charged with first degree murder.