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Woman's accused rapist discovered nearly 32 years after crime

Victim demanded that BSO reopen cold case decades later

Dobie Hunter is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Fort Lauderdale in 1985.
Dobie Hunter is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Fort Lauderdale in 1985.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nearly 32 years to the day, a now-47-year-old woman described a terrifying, violent ordeal that happened back in 1985, allegedly at the hands of a stranger, Dobie Hunter.

The victim, who was just 16 years old at the time, said she was walking on a road near her home in Fort Lauderdale when she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped.

"He said that he would hurt my family if anybody tried to come after him, that he would hurt them if I told anybody," the victim told Local 10 News. 

The then teen was dumped back onto her street and the case went cold for decades until the victim, who moved back to the area when her own daughter was 16, demanded that the Broward Sheriff's Office reopen the case.

"I wanted to show her some kind of closure on what happened to me," the victim said. 

A DNA sample from the rape kit came back as a match to Hunter, according to authorities.  

Hunter's attorney took aim at the victim, calling into question how accurate her identification was some 30 years later, and saying the DNA evidence is not as reliable as the state claims.

"I tell you, he is a sick man," the victim said. 

Authorities said there was an accomplice in the crime. Investigators believe they have identified that person, who has since passed away.