ROSEVILLE, Mich. -

Roseville police say a suspect has been charged in a 1998 Roseville kidnapping and rape cold case after new DNA evidence linked the incident to a known sex convict.

Michael Loftis, 44, was arrested Wednesday. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has charged Michael Loftis, 44, with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful imprisonment.

The charges stem from an evening in July 1998 when a 62-year-old Roseville resident was abducted from a bingo game at the Sacred Heart Church Festival. 

Prosecutors allege that the victim was pushed into her car and driven to a liquor store parking lot at 12 Mile and I-94,where she was raped in the vehicle. While the victim initially survived the incident with minor injuries, she passed away at the age of 75 in 2011.

Lab samples were taken from the victim's clothing and car seat material and processed at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Northville. The resulting DNA profile went unmatched until last year, when the state police received a CODIS hit on Loftis, a known sex offender whose DNA had just been obtained by California law enforcement agencies.  Loftis now lives in Clinton Township.

Roseville detectives, led by Detective Bradley McKenzie, teamed with prosecutors and the state police to track down nurses, doctors, lab scientists, and police officers involved in the 1998 processing of the crime scene, and unearthed medical notes and interview statements which establish the scientific evidence.

“I applaud the Roseville Police Department for never letting go of this case,” said Smith.  “They combined new forensic science with solid, old-school police work in an effort to bring closure to the victim’s family."

Loftis is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.