Category Archives: Cold Cases

What happens to unidentified remains after case goes cold?

burial-siteIn February 2012, a Manorville man walking his dog in a wooded area near his house made a startling discovery: a human skull and other skeletal remains.
Five years later, all forensic analysts have discovered is that the remains were those of a man, likely white with brown hair and anywhere from 30 to 50 years old. His right fibula had been fractured but had healed.

Testing of Oregon’s shelved sexual assault kits nets first 5 DNA matches

sexual assault kitsSix months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victims of sexual assault to a Utah lab, the first results are in: Five match known offenders in a criminal database.

Initiative allows families to help locate missing loved ones through DNA

Houston DNA InitiativeShe’d been hoping for the call for more than six years, though in the end, she wasn’t sure she really wanted to be the one to answer the phone.
It finally rang on the afternoon of Nov. 10, 2015, as Marilú Chávez was busy cooking Mexican food at the Houston restaurant where she worked. She doesn’t remember who called or what exactly he said, just this:
“We have been able to identify the remains of your brother.”

Discovering the Truth About the Dozier School for Boys

dozier-school-graves-768x512The Dozier School for Boys had cemeteries instead of playgrounds.
The stories of abuses that took place at the reformative school in Marianna, Florida are nothing short of a plot for the TV series American Horror Story. The beatings and other punishments administered to students throughout the school’s 111-year history contributed to the deaths for some of the nearly 100 deceased.

Database of DNA helps to solve 215 crimes

DNA Lab“FSI have recorded over 130 incidences where an individual has been linked to a specific crime, ranging from burglary and theft through to more serious offences against the person such as sexual assault and false imprisonment,” the report said.
The findings demonstrate the benefits in relation to identifying repeat offenders.

DNA evidence ties alleged serial rapist to slain teen

Helix and MagnifierDETROIT, MI — DNA evidence presented during a Detroit murder trial Tuesday connected a suspected serial rapist to at least one of multiple victims.

DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1993 DC murder

body outlineASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Twenty-three years after MPD officers discovered the body of Charlene Johnson in a Northwest, D.C. stairwell, a suspect in her brutal murder is finally behind bars.
Officers and federal agents from a joint fugitive apprehension task force arrested 48-year old Therion Clyde Bryant in Baltimore on Wednesday, and on Thursday he was formally presented before a D.C. judge on a charge of murder in the 1993 case.

DNA proves man innocent of 1982 rape and murder in famous ‘bite-mark’ case, lawyers say

dna_justiceRecent DNA testing proves that a former sailor, convicted primarily on questionable bite mark evidence, is innocent of the savage 1982 rape of a Newport News woman and the murder of her husband, the man’s lawyers say.

Rape kit backlog: DNA matches suspect to teens’ rape 6 years later

CAL DOJ AnalystsSACRAMENTO — One minute they were getting into their car on Allston Way in Berkeley just before 10 on an unseasonably warm Friday night. The next, a stranger had a black handgun to their heads.

Cold cases could be solved thanks to grant for SHSU researchers

body outlineThe grant allows Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm and her colleague Dr. Bruce Budowle from the University of North Texas to investigate the best methods for extracting DNA from badly decomposed remains through a process called next generation DNA sequencing.

Mounties to collect about 2,000 DNA samples in unprecedented attempt at solving Manitoba girl’s murder

teresa_robinsonHer remains were found in such bad shape, residents thought she had been mauled by a bear.
Now, almost a year after the killing of Teresa Robinson, 11, in a remote northern Manitoba First Nation community and under pressure to solve the case, RCMP investigators are trying to gather DNA samples from about 2,000 local men and boys.

Suspect now linked to two crimes thanks to new DNA database

Forensic LabIRELAND- This is the first case since the DNA database was set up last November that a match has been made between a person and a crime. “It’s the first official hit recorded by the new database,” said Dr Sheila Willis, director general of FSI.

England’s unclaimed dead and the people trying to give them a name

UK UnclaimedWithout a name, they are referred to by the clothes they died in or some other distinguishing feature. The lady in the Afghan coat and a woman who may have been a sex worker known as The Duchess are just two of the hundreds of unidentified body cases reported to the National Crime Agency (NCA) each year. Half will be identified and returned to their loved ones. But what happens to the rest?

Officials work to exhume body of ‘Baby Moses’ to help solve 1983 cold case

Baby MosesSTUART — Officials Monday worked on solving a homicide case that began in 1983 with the discovery of the body of an unidentified infant boy in a local waterway.
The probe led Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigators to Fernhill Memorial Garden on Kanner Highway, where three unidentified infants were buried separately in 1989, including the body of the infant sheriff’s investigators would refer to as “Baby Moses.”

Louise Bell trial to resume as ‘founding father of DNA’ prepares to give evidence

10 yr old Louise BellThe Louise Bell historic murder trial has resumed in South Australia with “one of the founding fathers of DNA internationally” to give evidence this week.
Louise vanished from her Hackham West bedroom, southern Adelaide, in January 1983 and her body has never been found.