LAS VEGAS -- Nye County detectives said modern DNA evidence has finally given them the break they need to possibly solve a missing person's case.
Maureen Fields disappeared on Valentine's Day in 2006. Investigators found DNA that matches an 81-year-old sex offender out of California.
The search has been exhausting for detectives with friends and family never knowing what happened to the 41-year-old Fields.
Detective David Boruchowitz of the Nye County sheriff's office has been working the case since the beginning. Authorities searched and followed up on hundreds of leads.
"This has been one of those cases that has gone through every detective, and we've worked relentlessly. We are going on seven years next year," Boruchowitz said. "We've always been trying to work on this to give her family some closure.
Authorities said Fields had a fight with her husband Paul Fields on Valentines Day in 2006. She left her home and was never seen again.
A couple of days later, Field's car was found across the border in California. Investigators found her purse, credit cards, blood and a pair of pantyhose inside the vehicle.
"In 2006, when we first got that DNA, it was submitted to the lab with DNA with things always changing and what they are able to run," Boruchowitz said.
Six years later, breakthrough techniques in DNA testing finally came up with a match to 81-year-old Keith Holmes.
"He was recently arrested in California on a sex crime, and so his DNA was in the system, and they were just finally able to match it up," Boruchowitz added.
Authorities said Holmes had been traveling to Pahrump around the same time Fields went missing.
Holmes has not been charged in this case and was recently arrested last year in California - accused of trying to lure a 12-year old into his car.
Paul Fields could not be reached for comment. Nye County authorities say they have tried to interview Holmes, but say he's uncooperative and would not give them information.