Man charged with 1985 kidnapping, rape of Hendersonville girl

Man charged with 1985 kidnapping, rape of Hendersonville girl (Image 1)

A man has been indicted for the 1985 kidnapping and rape of a 12-year-old girl in Hendersonville.

Hendersonville police held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce the 3-count indictment against Lane Walter Edwards.

Edwards, 50, is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape for the attack that occurred during the early morning hours of March 31, 1985.

He is currently incarcerated in Bledsoe County but will be returned to Sumner County to be arraigned in the coming weeks.

Edwards has a lengthy criminal history including a homicide arrest in Nashville in 2011.

Hendersonville police said DNA evidence led directly to Edwards’ indictment. He was never even a person of interest during the initial investigation.

Hendersonville police Det. Jim Vaughn was a patrol officer at the time and responded to the crime.

The victim was taken from her bedroom in her home in the Shivel Drive area and driven to Center Point Road in a beige station wagon.

There, she was assaulted and left on the side of the road. The girl was able to make her way to an area home for help.

Police said the victim will testify against Edwards.

“She’s excited about moving forward. She’s excited about that fact that we are proceeding with this investigation and she’s looking forward to closure from what I understand,” Det. Vaughn said.

Police said they never stopped investigating the cold case. There is no statute of limitations in the nearly 30-year-old crimes since they carry potential life sentences.

“We want to send a message to the suspects that we don’t ever quit. You may think you’ve gotten away with is but we are going to continue to pursue those investigations,” Hendersonville Police Chief Mikey Miller said.

Edwards faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.

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