Rockford man McDonald indicted in 1998 kidnapping, rape after DNA match from 2011 leads to charges
By Wes Wade | (email@example.com)
A Rockford man has been indicted in connection with a kidnapping and rape that occurred almost 15 years ago.
Ricky Dale McDonald, 56, Oak Street, Rockford, was indicted by a Blount County Grand Jury June 3 on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond pending an August hearing in Blount County Circuit Court.
McDonald was indicted in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a Maryville woman who was 52 at the time of the incident, which occurred on Sept. 19, 1998. He had been held in Nashville until last Thursday, when he was transferred to the Blount County Jail.
The Maryville Police Department (MPD) and Blount County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) jointly investigated the incident.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said officers were called to a doctor’s office on Chantilly Lane, where the victim had been cleaning. Crisp said they received a call from the victim’s daughter to check on the woman at the location because neither she nor her car were at the business.
At 3:15 a.m., the victim’s husband called to report that his wife still had not returned home. At 4:22 a.m., a resident on Butterfly Gap Road called 911 to report that a woman covered with blood had come by his residence asking for help.
The woman was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital for treatment and the MPD and BCSO began their joint investigation into the incident. The victim would go on to tell authorities that she had been kidnapped from the parking lot of the Chantilly Lane business at 9:15 p.m. and was driven to multiple locations in her vehicle, where she was raped several times and stabbed.
“We worked that very diligently for a number of months and weren’t successful in apprehending anyone,” Crisp said. “We had retrieved evidence of that night and we sent that in as DNA evidence and we actually submitted that to CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).”
It was not until July 2011, when McDonald was arrested in Nashville on unrelated charges, that Blount County authorities received a possible match in CODIS. The MPD and BCSO sent detectives to Nashville to retrieve another DNA sample from McDonald. Crisp said the new samples were sent to a lab for verification and they came back as a match to the 1998 kidnapping and rape.
Authorities then worked with the Blount County District Attorney General’s Office to bring formal charges against McDonald.
“We presented our case to a Blount County grand jury, who issued indictments charging him with especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape,” Crisp said.
McDonald was not transferred to the Blount County Jail from Nashville until the end of last week. He currently remains in custody and is awaiting trial.