After returning to the scene of a brutal assault and rape on New Year's Day, Cpl. David Jury found a fingerprint to nab a second suspect in the case.
Efforts by the crime scene technician earned him the Officer of the Month Award for March at the Columbus Police Department.
"If I didn't have those fingerprints, it would still probably be unsolved," Jury said.
Jury, 44, said he feels proud to be recognized for his work at a crime scene.
"It's like going out to these calls, you don't hear a thank you," he said. "This is like the ultimate thank you. It makes me proud to be doing what I'm doing."
On Jan. 1, a Columbus woman was raped, shot multiple times and thrown into the trunk of a car before it was burned. Jury went to the Farr Road crime scene that day to process the partially burned vehicle that was exposed to rain. He found two sets of fingerprints, one identifying a suspect already known to investigators and a second print for another suspect.
"Corporal Jury processes crime scenes in a very patient and methodical manner, paying close attention to detail in his photography and collection of evidence," said Jury's supervisor Sgt.