"I was incredibly and still am to some extent, scared," Edwards said. "There was a lot of fear that whoever it was, was still around."
The week of Thanksgiving, the Arkansas State Crime Lab reported that the DNA gathered at Pressly's crime scene matched that of Edwards' rapist.
And days later, Marianna police detective Carl McCree and Police Chief Vincent Bell stopped a car with suspicious plates. Bell said that in a city of only 5,000, the car triggered "the sixth sense that we sometimes as police officers have."
"The conversation that [the driver] was having with me connected him with the city of Marianna and Little Rock," Bell added. "There was a red flag."
The Marianna police called Little Rock and 15 minutes later detectives were questioning Curtis Vance, who agreed to a DNA sample swabbed from his cheek.
A day later, the DNA gathered by police in two Arkansas towns paid off.
"It took a day to get [the DNA evidence] compared," said Hastings. "On Wednesday afternoon, investigators were notified that it was a match."
Vance's DNA matched both cases, but he had fled from his home, and Little Rock police held a Thanksgiving eve news conference asking for help.
A woman in Marianna said she had seen a man who resembled Vance near her home, and Lori Garner, a personal trainer at a gym only a handful of blocks from where Pressly lived, told police she saw a man stalking women around the gym just before the murder. She and her client agreed Vance was the man they had seen.
"I feel confident with my opinion that it was him," she said.
The tips paid off almost immediately. Within an hour and a half police had surrounded a Little Rock home and Curtis Vance gave up peacefully.
Vance has said only one word in public since his arrest: A simple "No," when asked if he'd killed Anne Pressly.
Police told ABC News that while Vance denies the murder, he did admit to being at Pressly's house.
"We believe he probably saw her in the neighborhood, probably getting gas, maybe doing something else and then followed her and attacked her," said Hastings. "He denied being involved in it in any way. But his DNA told us otherwise."
Today, Edwards finally feels a little safer, believing the faceless man who raped her is no longer a threat.
"It completely changes your life. It changes your family's life and your friends and co-workers," she said. "I mean, it's devastating. I don't want to see him on the street, ever."
Pressly's parents hope that a trial will answer the questions that keep them up at night.
"What kind of monster are you that would take the life of an innocent child?" Patti Cannady said. "What fills you with rage and hatred and no respect for human life? Why did you have to hurt my child and take her life?"
"When I had to go to Anne's house and close it up for the last time ... It was hard," said Guy Cannady. "When I walked out that door, locked the door for the last time and walked away … it's something I'll never forget."
ABC News producer Andrew Paparella contributed to this report.
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