New DNA Check Leads Detectives to Man in Custody

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Richard Reil (Photo Courtesy: Santa Ana police)

Richard Reil (Photo Courtesy: Santa Ana police)

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-five years after a transvestite prostitute was found shot to death in Ontario, detectives say they have matched scientific evidence recovered from the crime scene to an Orange County man awaiting trial in another killing.

Police say DNA evidence links 49-year-old Richard Reil to the March 22, 1990, slaying of Lyle William Foster.

Police believed then and they believe now that the 24-year-old Foster was killed after being solicited as a woman and turning out to be a man.

Ontario Police Detective Bill Russell tells the Daily Breeze that the theory about their case has not changed but he wouldn’t comment on any specific DNA evidence.

Authorities say Foster was shot three times in the head.