The Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist investigation has been selected as the top DNA case in the world, honoring Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s office and a number of local police agencies that helped lead to the arrest of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo.

The “DNA Hit of the Year” award, announced Tuesday in Kobe, Japan, selected the California case from among 70 cases submitted by 20 different nations.

The award is presented annually by Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, which consults worldwide on DNA database policy.