Posted: Feb 27, 2013 6:00 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 6:41 PM
Police now have permission to test the DNA on a key piece of evidence in the investigation into what happened to a 55-year-old Casey County man.
Charles Randolph went missing nearly three and a half years ago. Now the Kentucky State Police lab will test the DNA found in the SUV Randolph is believed to have been in the night he vanished on October 15, 2009.
Despite the cold wind, on this February day, sisters Shirley Austin and Freda Elmore stand outside on their brother Charles Randolph's porch on 18 Cochran Road.
The sisters, both widows, are braving the elements outside a home they haven't been able to enter for more than three years to help bring forth the truth.
"It could be somebody we know. Maybe somebody we know well," says Freda Elmore.
They are reacting to news that after more than three years of investigating, Kentucky State Police received a court order, signed February 6th, 2013, to do DNA testing on a 1995 white Ford Explorer that a witness told police Randolph was last seen in the night he vanished. Police can now test swabs of DNA they recovered from four areas of the SUV: the upper section of the middle backseat, the bottom of the middle backseat, the backseat, and the rear passenger side seat near center line.
"I'm just hoping and praying that something will come of it. That the DNA will show Charles was in the vehicle," says Shirley Austin, Randolph's sister.
The catch is the testing could destroy the evidence. It appears to be worth it. The court order says all other investigation has been exhausted. The owner of the SUV is reportedly considered a person of interest.
After searches of ponds and cisterns in the Yosemite area last year turned up nothing, Charles Randolph's sisters are wary but hopeful.
"Whoever's out there please come forward," pleads Elmore.
There is a $10,000 reward being offered for information that leads to Randolph's discovery. You can leave an anonymous tip with the Casey County Sheriff's Office at 606-787-6821.