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Rocky Mount Police search for suspect in rape case

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ROCKY MOUNT, VA -

Police describe it as a once or twice in a career situation.

We want to warn you this is a sensitive story.

A young girl claims she was raped by an older man. She got pregnant and chose to have an abortion. Now, police have asked to test that fetus for DNA to help build a case against the suspect. It's evidence Rocky Mount Police investigator Jason Divers says he's never had to collect in his 16 years of being in law enforcement.

"This the first time I've ever dealt with this," Rocky Mount Police investigator Jason Divers. "I must say this was strange in itself on a personal level and I've been a forensic evidence tech for Rocky Mount Police Department since 2003 and so I have to step back on a personal level and handle this as an evidential matter."

The investigation police are working on involves a girl who was 14 at the time, accusing 32-year old Jose Norlasco of rape.

Rocky Mount Police say it's just a part of their job and if going the extra mile will help solve a case, they will do it.

"We just feel like she just really needs the justice and just any case like this they need to realize they are taking advantage of," Rocky Mount Police officer Ashley Norton says. "Especially a guy that much older he really feels like he can influence her because she's so young."

Police say they would go to this length more often for a victim, but unfortunately rapes are severely under-reported.

Their message now, even if you fear it's a 'he-said she-said type of situation.' They can always look for another avenue to bring justice to the surface.

The evidence has been transported to a forensic lab in Roanoke, but they have to find Norlasco to get his DNA samples.

If you have any information you're asked to call Rocky Mount Police. 540-483-9275

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