Category Archives: Familial

Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

crime-site-in-queensThe leads have dried up in the killing of a young woman in Queens during a jog last summer.
Tips about potential suspects have gone nowhere. A reward has failed to bear fruit, even as it has swelled to over $280,000. And the samples of a stranger’s DNA found on the hands, throat and cellphone of the jogger, Karina Vetrano, 30, did not match those in national offender databases.

Cold case murder of Righteous Brothers singer’s ex-wife solved

blue helix2Investigators used a controversial DNA testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
Karen Klaas was attacked Jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in Hermosa Beach. The 32-year-old was sexually assaulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. She died a few days later at the hospital.

Pushing for familial DNA testing in NY

Familial HelixFor 25 years, police in southern Los Angeles struggled to identify the perpetrator responsible for killing at least 10 black women over the course of three decades, known as “The Grim Sleeper.”
DNA samples left at the crime scenes matched nobody in any databases and detectives seemed to be out of leads.
Enter familial DNA testing, a method in which investigators take a sample and look for a match in the databases to determine if it matches that of anyone’s close male relative — the search tests the Y chromosome, passed down by the father — registered in any criminal databases.

The controversial DNA search that helped nab the ‘Grim Sleeper’ is winning over skeptics

familial dnaThe state’s early success using familial DNA searches to identify the so-called “Grim Sleeper” serial killer led Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to predict that the method would “change the way policing is done in the United States.” Civil liberty groups expressed alarm, saying the searches raised significant ethical and privacy concerns. Some questioned their legality.

New familial DNA brings Utah’s 1st arrest, as California nets conviction of serial killer

FamilialSalt Lake City — (KUTV) Tooele police made an arrest Friday, in a 5-year-old murder case, thanks to new DNA technology.
Rogelia Diaz Jr., 23, of West Valley City was arrested near his home. He was linked back to the Tooele crime scene where 69-year-old Evelynne Derricot was killed in 2011. He was charged in 3rd District Court Monday with first-degree felony murder, first-degree aggravated burglary and a second-degree felony theft.

Grim Sleeper serial killer trial to begin, years after slayings terrorized South L.A.

Familial HelixLos Angeles- Debra, a waitress, was discovered shot in the chest three decades ago in an alley. The body of 25-year-old Janecia was found in a dumpster in 2007. There were at least eight other women. And one who got away.

Family DNA Used To Track Down Suspect In ‘North County Creeper’ Case

familial dnaFor the first time in San Diego County, a suspect has been arrested as a result of a familial DNA investigation.

World’s End murder trial: Meet the DNA expert and unlikely hero whose work was pivotal in catching killer Angus Sinclair

KnibbbIT WAS a small section cut from Helen Eadie’s raincoat that provided the “eureka” moment police had so desperately sought for over 30 years.
Forensic scientist Lester Knibb had only been qualified for a year when he was given samples from the scene of the murders.

Random DNA sample solves 1998 Jerusalem murder case

Familial…The case was considered cold until a breakthrough came in 2013, when a man was questioned in connection to a domestic violence case. A DNA sample obtained from the man was entered into the police DNA database — and yielded a familial match to DNA evidence collected from Eyal’s body. The man in the domestic violence case, the DNA test showed, was the father of the suspect in Eyal’s murder…

Family DNA found in Baby Kimball case

Familial HelixThe King County Sheriff’s Office now has two more ways to identify Baby Kimball Doe and her parents – family DNA profiles.

Wisconsin turns to familial DNA testing to solve murders, rapes

DNA SyringeWisconsin has joined a handful of states in allowing familial DNA testing — a powerful but debatable procedure — to identify suspects in murders and sexual assaults, Post-Crescent Media has learned.
“We’re getting to the point where we will start offering this,” said Brian O’Keefe, administrator for the Division of Law Enforcement Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. “This gives us another way of generating leads for local law enforcement agencies.”

SC man sentenced in cold case Va. rape

FamilialWILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A South Carolina man convicted of a 2001 rape in Virginia has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Investigators used a new forensic tool, familial DNA, to solve the case.

WJCC Prosecutor: DNA of Family Member Leads Investigators to Suspect in Rape Case

DNA imageInvestigators from the Williamsburg Police Department looking to solve a rape case and an attempted rape case in the early 2000s had a DNA profile, but it did not match anyone in the system.

New science helped solve 2001 Williamsburg rape

CourtVirginia approved familial DNA testing two years ago

Remains ID’d as those of UVa grad student who went missing in 1986

DNA imageThe remains of a University of Virginia graduate student who went missing in 1986 finally have been positively identified.
The body of Patrick D. Collins, who was 27 at the time he disappeared in March 1986, was found several years after he disappeared and was classified as an anonymous cold case in New York state, said UVa police spokeswoman Lt. Melissa Fielding.