Category Archives: Phenotyping

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.

A Commercial DNA Testing Company Wants to Team With New York Police to Find Criminals, But Privacy Advocates Fear A Genetic Dragnet

New York State is on the verge of approving investigative DNA testing by a private company that can identity up to nine degrees of relatives based on a genetic sample—and which uses commercial databases containing the DNA of thousands of Americans—to assist law enforcement, Bronx Justice News has learned.
The Department of Health expects to approve licenses for Parabon NanoLabs—a Virginia-based company that markets forensic genealogical testing and consultant work to law enforcement—as well as a separate lab that handles most of Parabon’s DNA samples, once all required documentation is reviewed, Dr. Anne Walsh, Associate Director for Medical Affairs at the state Department of Health and head of DOH’s forensic identity section, said at a state forensic science commission meeting last month.

Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Wisconsin town

Word of the arrest — via a friend’s text message — hit Wayne Sankey like a thunderbolt.
“I said, ‘You gotta be kidding me,'” Sankey recalled. “And then I told the wife and she couldn’t believe it. ‘There’s no way,’ she said. ‘Ray down the road?'”

Could solved cold case unravel Harmeier homicide?

Might the solving of a 46-year-old homicide in Vigo County lead police to the answer of who killed an Indiana University student 42 years ago?

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.