Category Archives: Geneology Database

How a DNA database helped solve a horrific double murder

A monster came knocking at Kathryn Crigler’s door just after dark on Labor Day 1990.
An 81-year-old leg amputee who got around in a wheelchair, Crigler lived in a tidy little house on busy Highway 182 in the college town of Starkville, Miss., a couple of miles from the Mississippi State campus.

DNA match leads to man’s arrest in violent 1993 abduction

Using a discarded cigarette butt, evidence from an old shirt and a DNA profile from a genealogy company, Logan County authorities have arrested and charged a man with the attempted murder of a 19-year-old woman 26 years ago.
It was a classic combination of modern technology and shoe-leather police work that led to the arrest Monday and the indictment Tuesday of Ralph E. Bortree, who faces a single count of attempted murder, said Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart. Bortree, 55, now in the Logan County jail, also is accused of abducting and raping that woman July 31, 1993, but the statute of limitations to charge him with those crimes has expired.