Category Archives: Cold Cases

Thousands submitted DNA to police to help solve a 1998 Dutch boy’s killing. One man was conspicuously missing.

Police only thought Jos Brech was curious when he rode his bicycle past an active crime scene in a forest in the Netherlands in August 1998.
The officers had just recovered the body of 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen, who, on a summer camp trip, had disappeared from his tent the night before. The boy had been raped and killed, police said, in a case that would haunt the nation in the decades to come.
But, that night, Brech said he didn’t know anything. Police took his name and let him go.
They kept his name for a long time — until finally, this year, it came up again.

DNA a ‘game changer’ in yacht murder case

Lawyers for Tasmanian convicted killer Susan Neill-Fraser say new DNA evidence is a “game- changer” in her push for a fresh appeal, but prosecutors say it ­supports the case against her.

Mandatory DNA collection on felony arrests yields results

Indiana- Eight months after a law requiring state police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on a felony charge took effect, the policymakers behind the measure are praising what they see as positive results.

DNA links Alexandria man to five sexual assaults since 2016, detective testifies

In the Dupont Circle area incident, which occurred three days later, police said the female victim was also approached from behind and sexually assaulted in the 1500 block of P Street NW.
In Georgetown, two incidents occurred, with one at 10:30 p.m.on Sept. 5, 2016, in the 1200 block of Potomac Street NW, and another about 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2016, in the 1600 block of 33rd Street NW, police said.
Prosecutors charged three of the incidents as misdemeanors and one as first-degree sexual assault.
“The forensic evidence establishes a common profile of all four assaults and the fifth assault in Virginia,” McKenna said.

Nevada inmate linked to 1984 hammer killing cold cases in Colorado

A Nevada inmate who was convicted of attacking a couple with an ax handle is now linked to the 1984 killings of four people who were beaten with a hammer in two separate attacks in suburban Denver, authorities said.

Solving the Somerton Man mystery, Australia’s most baffling cold case

It’s one of the oldest cold cases in Australia’s history: an unknown man found dead, slumped by a seawall, at a popular beach on the first day of summer, 1948.
He has come to be known as the Somerton Man.

Police probing whether suspect in NYC murder killed others

Officials are using DNA testing to determine whether Drayton’s DNA turns up in forensic evidence collected from any unsolved homicides.

The perfectly-preserved skeleton and the body hanging from a purple scarf

Australia- Forensic specialists have shed light on two mysterious cases they have never been able to solve – one involving an almost perfectly preserved skeleton and another body found hanging from a purple scarf as a noose.

How DNA and a tattoo led to charges in cold R.I. murder case

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — To crack a cold case, the Woonsocket police used cutting-edge forensic DNA phenotyping and genetic genealogy for the first time — and within weeks, connected two men to the brutal murder of a woman stabbed more than 60 times two years ago.

Local Organizing Needed to Eliminate Backlog of Rape Kits

In 2015, President Barack Obama proposed the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), a $41 million fund intended to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in storage around the US. As NPQ reported, the rape kit backlog is a priority for the Joyful Heart Foundation, which is privately funded. Fourteen years after Joyful Heart was founded and three years into the US Department of Justice’s SAKI grants program, what’s the status of the backlog?

Jury convicts Janesville man in 2000 sex assault

A state statute passed in 2015 expanded the types of crimes that require DNA collection, police said, and that’s why in 2017 investigators were able to match Baxter’s DNA to a blood sample in the 2000 case.

DNA leads Victoria police to reopen 34-year-old cold case

Detective Melissa Rendon with the Victoria Police Department talks about coming across this photo of Linda Singh. Cold case detective Rendon and her partner, Amy Grothe, have reopened the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Linda Singh and have now classified it as a homicide. Singh’s remains were recently identified in Harris County. Singh went missing in April 1984.

Child-killer taunted investigators for 30 years with disturbing notes. DNA ends the mystery of who did it, police say

(CNN)For three decades, the abduction, rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley in April 1988 had frustrated Indiana investigators.
The mysterious killer’s taunting messages admitting to the crime, scrawled on a barn door and on paper notes threatening to kill again, only added to the desire to solve the cold case. Still, no suspect could be found.
But thanks to advances in genealogy and DNA technology, the suspected killer was arrested and then confessed to the crime on Sunday — more than 30 years after April’s death.

Newport Beach police release DNA profile of possible suspect in girl’s 1973 slaying

Forty-five years after the body of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe was found among the cattails in Newport Beach’s Back Bay, police have released computer sketches of a possible suspect that were generated using DNA evidence from the crime scene to predict the man’s appearance.
Police hope the sketches will provide a break in finding Linda’s killer after an investigation spanning four decades has yielded few clues.

Boulder DA: New round of Ramsey DNA tests completed, more could follow

A renewed wave of DNA testing in the JonBenet Ramsey case has been completed and although investigators are not talking about what was learned, further forensic examination of evidence in the case could still be on tap.