Category Archives: Cold Cases

Las Vegas man arrested after DNA links him to 2015 rape

A Las Vegas man was arrested Thursday after his fingerprints linked him to a sexual assault from 2015.
Around 3:40 a.m. June 27, 2015, a 20-year-old woman called police and reported that a man had broken into her apartment and raped her, according to a recently released arrest report. Years later, the man was identified as Safari Summit, now 26.

Betty Pat Gatliff, forensic sculptor who put a face to John Does, dies at 89

The bones usually arrived by mail, a stream of anonymous packages bearing unknown remains. Sent from police departments, coroners and medical examiners across the country, they landed on the Oklahoma doorstep of Betty Pat Gatliff, a forensic sculptor who pioneered a new method for reconstructing faces, turning an avocation into her life’s work.

New DNA evidence links John Doe case to small American Indian tribe

The Kenosha County medical examiner is hopeful that new DNA evidence will help solve a 26-year-old mystery.
Medical Examiner Patrice Hall said new DNA testing shows an unidentified John Doe found in Pleasant Prairie in 1993 may have ties to a small American Indian tribe in South Carolina and to people in Sonora, Mexico.

Meriden police identify mother of newborn left to freeze to death 32 years ago

On Jan. 2 as a small group of Meriden police officers arrived at the Walnut Grove Cemetery to mark the 32nd anniversary of the discovery of a dead baby boy left bundled in a pink blanket, two other detectives were about to confront his mother.

Illinois officials ID killer of 16-year-old girl in 1976.

WHEATON, Ill. — An unsolved string of killings of young suburban Chicago women in the 1970s frustrated police for decades. Now authorities in DuPage County, Ill., believe that by cracking one of those cold cases, they may have uncovered the trail of a serial killer.

Your DNA Could Catch A Criminal

Genetic databases are solving murders and rapes. Privacy scolds should pipe down.

Man ordered to stand trial in 1994 cold case Madison homicide

A man charged with first-degree reckless homicide for the 1994 death of a woman in Madison was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing Thursday, and after a judge denied a motion to dismiss the charge.

He escaped from jail after allegedly killing his wife a century ago. Now his headless torso has been identified through DNA.

The story in the June 1916 Idaho newspaper was alarming: A man suspected of brutally murdering his wife “escaped on May 18 from custody and has not been caught.”
He was never seen again.

Maloney Hails Senate Passage of Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s (D-NY) H.R. 777 – Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019 passed the Senate by unanimous consent. This bipartisan bill was introduced with Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) in January and passed the House in October.

Nearly 40 Years After College Student’s Stabbing Death, Genetic Records Lead to a Suspect

For nearly 40 years, the murder of a college student, Helene Pruszynski, stumped Colorado detectives. The cold case languished for so long that all but one of her immediate family members had died.
But then on Thursday, Ms. Pruszynski’s older sister, Janet Johnson, got a phone call: A prosecutor said homicide investigators had made a breakthrough thanks to advances in genetic genealogy and dogged police work.

Years later, DNA evidence links New Orleans serial rapist to Kansas City cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Justice can come, even though it can come late,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
Charges filed this week against an accused serial rapist make that statement ring true.

Police use DNA to create composite of suspected killer in 2006 Springfield slayings

Fairfax County police have turned to a cutting-edge technique utilizing DNA to create composite images of a man they believe carried out the killings of two Springfield women months apart in 2006.
The images released Wednesday use the man’s genetic material to construct facial images that approximate what he may have looked like at ages 25, 40 and 55. DNA collected from the scenes of the crimes linked the same unidentified man to the slayings of Marion Marshall and Marion Newman.

Oregon Man’s Manslaughter Conviction Overturned Due To Undisclosed DNA Evidence

It was the year 2000 in the Oregon coast town of Coquille when 15-year-old Leah Freeman went missing and was soon after found dead.
The case went cold for almost a decade before Nicholas McGuffin, Freeman’s boyfriend at the time of her death, was indicted for her murder, without any evidence connecting him to the crime.

He went to prison for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend. New evidence from a bloody shoe may set him free.

But now, nearly a decade after a split jury convicted Nicholas McGuffin of manslaughter, he may be set free — and that same stained shoe is at the center of his wrongful conviction case.
A judge on Friday found that the state’s crime lab violated McGuffin’s rights by concealing DNA evidence extracted from that shoe, which has reignited speculation about who really killed Freeman.

900 men in Germany are asked to give DNA samples

They said DNA traces of the killer were found on the body of the girl and they are hoping the swabs will lead them to the murderer.