9/14/2012 9:26 PM
by Courtney Rosemond
A McDowell County man is accused of raping and robbing an elderly woman in New York City. Authorities in West Virginia now believe they need to open a cold case.
West Virginia native, David Mitchell, appeared before a Manhattan judge around midnight Friday. Mitchell is accused of raping and robbing a 73-year-old woman in Central Park. The leud act was caught on surveillance video just before noon on Wednesday.
Mitchell previously served eight years in prison for kidnapping.
Now police in McDowell County are re-opening a cold case for Jenkinjones resident Barbara Flake, who went missing in 2002, her remains were then found in 2004, turning the missing person case into a homicide. Authorities say Mitchell is considered a person of interest in that case.
Stick with Newswatch for the very latest on this developing case.