DNA evidence has cracked a Greeley kidnapping case that's been cold since 2001.

Greeley Police said Jaime “James” Zamora was confirmed to be the man who kidnaped and sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl on the morning of September 18, 2001.

Zamora was 26 years old and living in Greeley while working for a local sandwich shop at the time of the crime. Zamora died in 2014 while living in Wellington but DNA from his autopsy was recently tested and matched the suspect.

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Investigators said Zamora was "estranged from his family and a loner."  Anyone who knew Jaime “James” Zamora or had any interactions with him is encouraged to contact Greeley Police detective Robert Cash at 970-350-9601.

The girl had been walking to school with her eight-year-old brother near 5th Avenue on 9th Street in Northeast Greeley when Zamora forced her into his car. He drove the victim to a secluded area south of the Greeley airport east of Highway 85 where he sexually assaulted her.

Fortunately, the victim was able to escape to a nearby Air National Guard base where police were called. Evidence was collected but the case went cold for years.

A seven-year-old girl had been forced into the car of a man while walking to school.

Greeley Police helped solve the case by asking for the help of Parabon NanoLabs in 2019 — the Virginia company specializes in DNA phenotyping. That DNA analysis profile led investigators to Zamora.

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