Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards, 67, was arrested on August 5, 2022, for the June 3, 1991 rape and murder of 30-year-old Alma Lake in Urbancrest, Ohio. Two passers-by found Lake’s body lying on the grass near a street corner. She was naked, bound, and had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.

A DNA profile of the suspect was developed, but there were no hits in CODIS. The case was reopened in 2020. There is presently no information on who conducted the FGG investigation. The initial confirmation was made through surreptitious DNA sampling, followed by a warrant to confirm that Edwards’ DNA profile was consistent with that found on Lake’s body.

Edwards’ DNA has also matched a suspect profile found on the body of Michelle Dawson, who was murdered in similar circumstances. Her remains were found on November 11, 1996 about 50 miles east of where Lake was killed. The investigation into this case is ongoing, and charges in this case may be forthcoming.
The investigation was also furthered by a victim who was assaulted by an unknown male a few days after Lake’s murder. Edwards cannot be charged in her case, as the statute of limitation on sexual assault has expired.

Edwards is facing charges of aggravated murder in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.


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First Name Robert
Last Name Edwards
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
IGG Started 2020-00-00
Case Cleared 2022-08-05
IGG Org nd


Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
1737 Alma Lake 30 1991-06-03 Urbancrest, OH Franklin CSO; Ohio BCI Second degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Franklin CO CT COM PL

Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.