Man charged in 1982 homicide case

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Posted at 10:14 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 11:57:57-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — The Canyon County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutor announced on May 4 a different man is charged for the rape and murder of Nampa 9-year-old Daralyn Johnson. The Canyon County Sheriff's Office is waiting to serve the warrant until later this summer in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canyon County Prosecutor says the case has remained an open and active investigation since Charles Fain was released in 2001. Fain was originally convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Daralyn. DNA evidence that was not available at the time exonerated him.

Last week, DNA evidence came back from a lab in California identifying Dalrymple as the primary suspect. The samples sent to the lab were the same used to exonerate Charles Fain in 2001. In February 2020, Dalrymple was interviewed in his involvement of the death of Daralyn.

Dalrymple was previously charged with kidnapping, second degree kidnapping, lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under the age of 16 and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16. He is serving a life sentence for the lewd and lascivious conduct charge.


Daralyn left her home at around 8 a.m. on February 21, 1982 when she was walking to Lincoln Elementary School in Nampa. Her body was found three days later in a shallow drain ditch in Melba near the Snake River by a group of fishermen.

Officials say Daralyn was raped and there was evidence of blunt force trauma to her torso and skull. The official cause of death was drowning.

There may be other victims associated with Dalrymple. The sheriff's office is asking for members of the public to come forward and contact CrimeStoppers at 208-343-COPS or the Canyon County Sheriff's Office if they have any information about this case.