Authorities investigating the illegal disposal of horse bodies in a California county used DNA analysis to make an arrest, it has been revealed.
San Joaquin County agricultural crimes detectives arrested Robert Deleon Decker, 27, on Friday. He faces two counts of illegal carcass disposal.
Detectives sent DNA samples taken from one of the dead horses to the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Forensics Laboratory. It is unclear whether the samples sent for analysis were horse DNA or human DNA removed from the carcass.
Lab technicians produced information that ultimately enabled detectives to identify the horse owner, and a warrant was subsequently obtained for Decker’s arrest.
Both dump sites were in unincorporated areas of the county.