Daniel Messel connected to 2012 rape case

In this photo from Friday, April 24, 2015, Daniel Messel stands against a height board for a booking photo at the Brown County Jail in Nashville, Ind. (Photo Provided/Brown County Sheriff's Office)
In this photo from Friday, April 24, 2015, Daniel Messel stands against a height board for a booking photo at the Brown County Jail in Nashville, Ind. (Photo Provided/Brown County Sheriff's Office)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington say Daniel Messel is connected to a 2012 rape case.

Messel was convicted in 2016 for the murder of IU student Hannah Wilson.

Police say that details during his murder trial prompted a victim to come forward to discuss similarities.

Police say they connected Messel to the 2012 rape case through DNA evidence.

According to the release, the rape happened early in the morning sometime in 2012. The 22-year-old student came into contact with a man she didn’t know while she was out.

The suspect drove her against her will to a parking lot. She was beaten and sexually assaulted. The suspect left her in the parking lot, taking a lot of the victim’s belongings with him.

The victim walked to a nearby house where she called the police. IUPD managed to get DNA evidence off her that night.

According to the release, Messel did not provide a statement to police on the new findings.