Category Archives: Phenotyping

Cassano case: Cigarette butt sealed deal

URBANA — A commercial genetic genealogy company that relies on science and public records, combined with old-fashioned detective work, led to the arrest Tuesday of a Mahomet man for one of the most horrendous Champaign County murders in modern history.

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.

Type of DNA genealogy research used in April Marie Tinsley case described as possible ‘game-changer’ in cold cases

The type of genetic genealogy research that helped identify a suspect in the April Marie Tinsley murder case has the potential to assist in a wide range of police investigations, one of the technique’s pioneers said.
“It definitely is a game-changer for cold cases, and it could be a game-changer for cases that are not that cold,” genetic genealogy expert CeCe Moore said during a phone interview Sunday night with News-Sentinel.com.

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.

Modern forensics lead Brazos County authorities to executed murderer as likely killer of Virginia Freeman

“The solving of this cold case, after 37 years of investigating, brings relief and closure for the Freeman family, Virginia’s friends, the local real estate industry and our community,” Kirk said Monday.