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Pennsylvania State Police

In 1994, the remains of an unidentified woman were discovered in Pennsylvania. She could not be identified.

In May 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a comprehensive genealogical profile for the unknown woman using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Once this process was complete, the DNA profile was returned to investigators, who used forensic genetic genealogy to develop new leads in the case. Throughout the course of their investigation, investigators were able to identify the woman as Margaret Carol Wininger.

kimberly-ann-robertson-mississippi
Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner

In 2022, the remains of an unknown woman were found in Mississippi. Unforunately, she could not be identified.

In 2023, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive genealogical profile for the woman. Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team then used this profile to conduct extensive genetic genealogy research, providing new leads to investigators. A follow-up investigation enabled investigators to positively identity the woman as Kimberly Ann Robertson.

betty-lou-japel-nevada
Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office

In 2008, the remains of an unidentified woman were discovered in Nevada. Her identity remained a mystery.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract that was used in Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the unidentified homicide victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop investigative leads that were returned to investigators. Using these new leads and a follow-up investigation, the woman is now identified as Betty Lou Japel.

linda-burka-california
Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2000, female remains were found in California. Despite investigative efforts, her identity remained a mystery.

In 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the skeletal remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was used by Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team to produce investigative leads, which were returned to law enforcement. Using this new information and a follow-up investigation, the woman was identified as Linda Laverne Orndorff Charlesworth Burka.

barry-michael-rezansoff-washington
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

In 2022, the partial remains of an unidentified man were discovered in Washington. The man could not be identified.

Later that year, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the forensic evidence and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was used by Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team to produce investigative leads, which were returned to law enforcement. Using these leads, a follow-up investigation was conducted, and investigators were able to identify the man as Barry Michael Rezansoff.

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Michigan State Police

In 1980, a 21-year-old woman was found murdered in Michigan. The person responsible remained a mystery for decades.

In 2022, the Michigan State Police worked with Othram to identify and later arrested a suspect. In 2023, the Michigan State Police submitted the additional evidence to Othram. A second DNA profile belonging to a second suspect was developed using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Othram's genealogy team produced new leads, which were used by The Michigan State Police and St. Clair County Sheriff Department officials to identify and charge 63-year-old Anthony Harris for the murder.

patricia-ann-rose-california
Placer County Sheriff’s Office

In 1985, hunters discovered the remains of an unidentified woman in California. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, her identity remained unknown.

In 2022, the California Department of Justice sent forensic evidence to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram’s in-house genealogy team used the profile to identify a sibling of the unidentified woman, living in Oregon. Placer County detectives worked with the Woodburn Police Department to confirm the relationship, identifying the unknown woman as Patricia Ann Rose.

pica-and-hicks-california-murder
Hayward Police Department

In 1972, a woman was murdered in her California home; in 1979, another woman suffered a similar fate nearby. The person responsible remained a mystery.

In 2021, the Hayward Police Department submitted evidence to Othram, where scientists successfully used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Investigators worked with the FBI's forensic genetic genealogy team to generate new leads in the case from the profile; these leads helped investigators identify the suspect in these crimes as Fred Farnham, who died in 2007. It is believed that Farnham could be responsible for other unsolved murders.

donald-raymond-loar-california
Orange County Sheriff's Department

In 1998, the remains of an unidentified man were found in a shallow grave in California. Investigators unsuccessfully attempted to identify the man.

In January 2023, in partnership with California Department of Justice and funding from Roads to Justice, Orange County Sheriff’s Office submitted evidence to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Using the profile, investigators tentatively identified the man as 54-year-old Donald Raymond Loar, who had been reported missing in February 1998. Loar's identity was confirmed by DNA comparison with a family member.

florida-pati-lisa-loguercio-rust
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

In 1987, the remains of an unidentified woman were discovered in Florida. Despite exhaustive efforts, she could not be identified.

In 2023, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown woman. Othram’s in-house genealogy team used the DNA profile in conjunction with forensic genetic genealogy to produce new leads, which were returned to investigators. Using these leads, a follow-up investigation was conducted, enabling investigators to identify the woman as Pati Lisa Loguercio Rust.

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Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

In 2016, the remains of an unidentified individual were discovered in Tennessee. The man could not be identified.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from skeletal remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the man. Othram’s in-house genealogists used the profile in conjunction with forensic genetic genealogy to produce new leads, which were returned to investigators. Using these leads, a follow-up investigation was conducted, enabling investigators to identify the man as Barkley Phillip Jones.

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Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2022, the remains of an unidentified individual were discovered in Missouri. The man could not be identified.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the DNA profile in conjunction with forensic genetic genealogy to produce new leads, which were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, a follow-up investigation was conducted, which led to the identification of the man as Kevin Dewayne Cochran.

florida-laurence-rougeux-jr
Orange County Sheriff’s Office

In 2000, a skull was found in Florida. No identifying characteristics were available for the homicide victim, and the case went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the man. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile in conjunction with forensic genetic genealogy to produce leads, which were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, law enforcement conducted a follow-up investigation which led to the identification of Paul Laurence “Larry” Rougeux, Jr.

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Orange County Sheriff's Department

In 2017, the remains of a woman were found in San Clemente. Despite law enforcement's efforts, she could not be identified.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown woman. Othram’s in-house genealogy team used the DNA profile in conjunction with forensic genetic genealogy to produce new investigative leads, which were returned to law enforcement. Using these new leads, law enforcement conducted a follow-up investigation which led to a positive identification of the woman.

peggy-joyce-shelton-florida
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

In 1972, the remains of an unidentified woman were found in Florida. A facial reconstruction was unable to generate new leads.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists then used the DNA profile to generate new leads. Othram provided a possible identity of the Jane Doe to detectives, who were able to collect a reference sample from a potential family member of the woman, leading to the positive identification of the woman as Peggy Joyce Shelton.

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King County Sheriff's Office

In 2003, serial killer Gary Ridgway led investigators to Washington, where skeletal remains of an unidentified woman were found.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile that could be used for forensic genetic genealogy. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team then used the DNA profile to generate new leads in the case. While she had originally been identified as a victim in 1988, forensic testing has now concluded that the individual is Tammie Liles.

linda-sue-anderson-las-vegas
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

In 1993, a murdered woman was discovered in Nevada. She could not be identified, and she became known as "Jane Tropicana Doe".

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the woman using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. The DNA profile was delivered to the FBI's forensic genetic genealogy team and the FBI team performed the necessary work to generate new investigative leads in the case. Using familial reference DNA samples, investigators were able to identify the murdered woman as Linda Sue Anderson.

william-melvin-toller-california
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

In 1968, a skull was found in California. The DNA profile was routinely searched against profiles in CODIS, but a match was not made.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the man. Once the profile was built, Othram’s in-house genealogy team used forensic genetic genealogy to produce new investigative leads. In August of 2023 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received the report from Othram indicating the man may be William Melvin Toller, which was confirmed later through reference DNA testing of his relatives.

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Toronto Police Service

In 1982, Kevin McBride was the victim of a homicide. The identity of the individual who left behind DNA could not be determined.

In 2022, the Toronto Police Service teamed with Othram to determine if advanced DNA testing could help to identify him. Evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was delivered to investigators, who then used forensic genetic genealogy to generate investigative leads. Investigators developed leads based on the forensic genetic genealogy search and the suspect William Taylor was identified.

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Pennsylvania State Police

In 1997, an unknown subject sexually assaulted two children in Pennsylvania. Attempts to identify him were unsuccessful.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the forensic evidence and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the suspect. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genealogical search to produce investigative leads. These leads were returned to investigators. A follow-up investigation was conducted and led to relatives of the suspect, who was then identified and arrested.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

In 1985, unidentified human remains were found in Florida. With all leads exhausted, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the skeletal remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genealogical search to produce investigative leads. The investigative leads were returned to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and a follow up investigation determined that the 1985 homicide victim is Terry Ketron.

millard-county-1958-robert-holman-trent
Millard County Sheriff's Office

In 1958, the remains of a man were found in Utah. After more than half a century of effort, his identity eluded investigators.

In 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, investigators conducted a follow-up investigation which resulted in the identification of Robert Holman Trent.

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Kentucky State Police

In 1980, skeletal remains from an unidentified man were found in Indiana. The case eventually went cold.

In 2023, skeletal remains were submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, investigators conducted a follow-up investigation, which resulted in the identification of Kenneth Linville.

logan-nathaniel-bowman-virginia
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office

In 2022, the remains of a child were discovered in Virginia. An investigation was launched to determine the boy's identity.

In 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown child. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. In a follow-up investigation, investigators were able to establish the identity of the child as Logan Nathanial Bowman.

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

In 1979, the remains of an unidentified female were found in Nevada. The woman, dubbed “Sahara Sue Doe”, could not be identified.

In September 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the woman. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new investigative leads that were returned to investigators. Investigators continued their investigation using these new leads, resulting in the identification of Gwenn Marie Story.

roger-dale-parham-kentucky
Kentucky State Police

In 1999, human remains were discovered in Kentucky. The man could not be identified using traditional investigative techniques.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, a follow-up investigation was conducted, leading to identification of the man as Roger Dale Parham.

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Michigan State Police

In 1980, Karen Umphrey was found murdered in Michigan. The person responsible could not be identified, and the case went cold.

In 2022, forensic DNA evidence from the crime scene was to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive genealogical profile from the DNA of the unknown contributor. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the genealogical profile to produce leads. Othram returned the investigative leads to investigators to continue the investigation. This follow up investigation led to the identification of Douglas Laming as the suspect in Karen’s murder.

cheryl-coates-michigan
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office

In 1985, remains of an unidentified woman were found in Michigan. She could not be identified, and the case went cold.

In 2021, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the homicide victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, investigators conducted a follow-up investigation, which led to the identification of the victim as Cheryl Coates.

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Spokane Medical Examiner's Office

In 1984, partial remains of an unidentified man were found in Washington. For nearly four decades, the person’s identity was a mystery.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract that was used with Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. These leads along with a follow up investigation enabled the agency to locate the man's family and confirm his identity.

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Ontario Provincial Police

In 2001, the body of a man was found near Deep River, Ontario. He could not be identified and the case eventually went cold.

In 2023, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Once the profile was developed, the Toronto Police Service used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to identify new leads in the case. The leads along with a follow up investigation enabled law enforcement to locate the man's family and his identity was confirmed through additional DNA testing.

donald-h-kirk-florida
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

In 2003, the remains of an unidentified man were found near Florida. Despite investigative efforts, he could not be identified.

In 2023, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads. A potential relative contributed a reference DNA sample, which was compared to the unidentified man's profile using KinSNP® rapid familial testing. Using this information, the man was identified as Donald H. Kirk.

san-diego-bag-lady-elaine-rose-armstrong
San Diego District Attorney's Office

In 1981, remains of an unidentified woman were discovered in California. Despite investigative efforts, she was never identified.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the homicide victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. Using these new leads, investigators conducted a follow-up investigation, which led to the identification of the woman as Elaine Rose Armstrong.

patricia-hall-connecticut
Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

In 1994, a female human skull was discovered in Connecticut. Despite investigative efforts, the case went cold.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads. A potential relative contributed a reference DNA sample, which was compared to the unidentified woman's profile using KinSNP® rapid familial testing. Using this information, the woman was identified as Patricia Hall.

clarence-wilson-texas
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

In 1986, the remains of an unidentified individual were found in Texas. The man was not identified, and the case went cold.

In 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the homicide victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to law enforcement. With these new leads and a follow-up investigation, the homicide victim has been identified as Clarence Wilson.

paul-bossart-jr-seattle
Seattle Police Department

In 2017 and 2018, partial remains of a man washed ashore in Washington. He was never identified and the case went cold.

In 2023, evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used this to develop leads that were returned to investigators. A DNA sample of a potential relative was sent to Othram to compare against the man's DNA using KinSNP® Rapid Relationship Familial Testing. The man has been identified as Paul J. Bossart, Jr.

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Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office

In 1994, the remains of an unidentified individual were found in Kansas. The identity of the man remained a mystery.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the evidence and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the homicide victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop new leads that were returned to investigators. These leads led to the identification of the homicide victim as Harold “James” Crawford.

lorena-gayle-mosley-nevada
Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office

In 1997, unidentified remains of a woman were found in Nevada. Despite law enforcement efforts to identify her, the case went cold.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract that was used in Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to investigators. Aided by these leads, a follow-up investigation resulted in the identification of the woman as Lorena Gayle Mosley.

betty-lou-wisley-tennessee
Roane County Sheriff’s Office

In 1987, human remains were discovered in Tennessee. After exhausting all leads, investigators could not determine her identity.

In 2023, evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used this profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to investigators. A potential relative was found, and using KinSNP® Rapid Relationship Familial Testing, the Jane Dane was identified as Betty Lou Wisley.

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Orange County Sheriff's Department

In 1974, a male homicide victim was found in California. Unsuccessful efforts were made over the years to establish his identity.

In 2022, Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) investigators submitted forensic evidence to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unidentified man. After successfully completing the process, the DNA profile was delivered to OCSD’s Cold Case Team. Investigators were able to then positively identify the homicide victim as Michael Ray Schlicht.

todd-alan-kenny
Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office

In 2020, the remains of a man were discovered in Illinois. He could not be identified, and the case went unsolved.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the evidence and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to investigators. With leads in hand, investigators were able confirm the identity of the man as Todd Alan Kenny.

keith-olson-massachusetts
Massachusetts State Police

In 1985, remains of an unidentified man were located in Massachusetts. His identity could not to be determined and the case went cold.

In 2022 skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the victim. After successfully completing the process, the profile was delivered to investigators who worked with the FBI's forensic genetic genealogy team to generate new leads in the case. With these new investigative leads in hand, the man was identified as Keith Olson.

hector-jose-garcia
Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

In 2002, the remains of an unidentified man were found in Houston. His identity could not to be determined, and the case went cold.

In 2021, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to law enforcement. Empowered with these new investigative leads, the identity of the murdered young man was confirmed as Hector Jose Garcia.

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Wisconsin Department of Justice

In 1966, Diane Olkwitz was murdered. In 1971, Terri Erdmann was murdered. A suspect was not identified for either case.

In 2021, Milwaukee PD, the Wisconsin DOJ, and the FBI worked together to link the cases using DNA from the crime scenes, confirming that the same man was responsible for both murders. In 2022 evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the suspect. This profile was delivered to investigators who identified Clarence Marcus Tappendorf as the suspect responsible for the homicides.

dorothy-a-sandusky
Sacramento Police Department

In 1991, the remains of an unidentified woman were found in California. Available leads were followed, but the case went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the woman. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop investigative leads that were returned to law enforcement investigators. A follow-up investigation led to the identification of the unknown woman as Dorothy A. Sandusky.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In 1988, skeletal remains of a young child were found in Georgia. Unfortunately, with few solid leads to pursue, the case soon went cold.

In 2020, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the murdered young girl. The DNA profile was delivered to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. IInvestigators worked with several partners to develop leads in the case, eventually resulting in the identification of Kenyatta Odom.

pauline-brazeau-calgary
Alberta RCMP Historical Homicide Unit

In 1976, 16-year-old Pauline Brazeau’s body was discovered near Calgary. The person responsible for her death was not identified.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile for the unknown suspect. This profile was delivered to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who worked with forensic genetic genealogists to generate new leads in the case. Empowered with these leads, investigators were able to identify the suspect in Brazeau's murder as Ronald James Edwards.

arlene-woods-atlanta
Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office

In July 2023, a deceased female was found in an Atlanta home, however investigators were unable to identify her.

Forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the woman. A possible family member contributed a reference DNA sample, which was compared to the unidentified woman's profile using KinSNP® rapid familial testing. Using this information in conjunction with a follow up investigation, the woman was identified as Arlene Woods.

lonnie-raymond-thomas-california
Orange County Sheriff’s Department

In 1980, the remains of an unknown man were found in California. The identity of the man remained unknown, and the case went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the man. The DNA profile was delivered to the FBI's forensic genetic genealogy team and the FBI team performed the necessary work to generate new investigative leads in the case. Investigators were able to identify the murdered young man as Lonnie Raymond Thomas.

denise-gail-cruz
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

In 1980, human remains were discovered in California. A DNA profile was searched in CODIS, but no identity match was made.

In December 2022 Othram a DNA extract from the unknown woman’s remains was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the woman. Once the profile was built, Othram’s in-house genealogists used forensic genetic genealogy to produce investigative leads. In August of 2023, these leads were provided to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, who confirmed the woman was Denise Gail Cruz.

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Indiana State Police

In 2016, the remains of an unidentified man were recovered in Kentucky. With leads exhausted, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the evidence and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to detectives. Using these new leads, investigators positively identified the man as Wilbur Allen Grant.

glen-michael-rudge-washington
Lewis County Sheriff's Office

In 2021, the remains of an unidentified man were found in Washington. His identity remained unknown and the case went cold.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to detectives. A follow-up investigation helped detectives confirm the identity of the man as Glen Michael Rudge.

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Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office

In 1989, human remains were uncovered in a landfill in Washington. Without investigative leads, the case went cold.

In 2023, evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to investigators. Using these leads, investigators continued their search, ultimately resulting in the identification of Clifford Wayne Bippes.

clara-kopp-reynolds-alabama
Alabama Department of Forensic Science

In 1990, the remains of an unidentified individual were located in Alabama. The woman’s identity could not be established.

In 2023 forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the woman using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Once the profile was built, Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team produced new leads that were provided to investigators. Using these new leads, investigators were able to positively identify the woman as Clara Kopp Reynolds.

randy-carl-lee-indiana
Marion County Coroner's Office

In 2017, skeletal remains were found in Indiana. Investigators were unable to determine the identity of the man.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and a comprehensive DNA profile from the evidence for the man using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Once the profile was successfully built, Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team produced new investigative leads that were provided to investigators. Using these leads, investigators were able to identify the man as Randy Carl Lee.

chong-un-kim-georgia
Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In 1988, an unidentified homicide victim was found in Georgia. Despite exhaustive efforts, the case eventually went cold.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract, then developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the woman using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Once the profile was successfully built, Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team produced new investigative leads that were provided to law enforcement. These leads led to the identification of the woman as Chong Un Kim.

mesa-county-michael-john-alonzi
Mesa County Coroner's Office

In 2011, a skull was discovered in Colorado. Despite exhaustive efforts, the man could not be identified, and the case went cold.

In September 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the man, using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Once the profile was built, Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogists produced new leads that were provided to law enforcement. Using the leads, investigators confirmed that the unknown man was Michael John Alonzi.

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San Diego Police Department

In 1973, the body of an unidentified female was found in the San Diego Bay. For decades, her identity remained unknown.

In 2020, evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the highly-degraded remains. Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was utilized to develop a profile, which Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used to develop leads that were returned to San Diego PD. With the leads in-hand, investigators were able to eventually identify the victim as Arminda Grangeia Rodrigues da Silva Ribeiro.

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Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

In 1982 an unidentified body was found in California. Despite exhaustive efforts, his identity remained unknown for decades.

In 2022 forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed an extract and then developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the man, using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Once the profile was successfully built, Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team produced new leads that were provided to law enforcement. Using these new leads, law enforcement was able to identify the man as Rodney Alan Rumsey.

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office

In 1986, Theresa Lee Scalf was found murdered in her home. The identity of her murderer remained unknown for 37 years.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile of an unknown suspect. Othram's forensic genetic genealogists used the profile to produce leads, which were provided to detectives. Using these leads, interviews with relatives of the suspect were conducted. The suspect's son provided DNA for reference testing, which confirmed the murderer to be Donald Douglas.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office

In 1982, human remains were discovered in Arizona. The man remained unknown as attempts to identify him proved unsuccessful.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists then used the profile in a genealogical search to generate new leads in the case, including the identification of distant relatives of the unknown man. A follow-up investigation confirmed the identity of the man as Virgil R. Renner.

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Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office

In 1980, unidentified human remains were found in Missouri. Traditional identification methods failed to identify the individual.

In 2020, despite the fact that the remains were highly degraded, Othram scientists were able to develop a suitable DNA extract from the remains. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. The matches in the genealogy databases were distant, but Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team was able to return actionable leads, which helped investigators identify Louis Charles Borchers.

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Spokane Medical Examiner's Office

In 2022, the remains of an individual were found in Washington. The man's identity could not be determined.

In 2023, evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from skeletal remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile that could be used for forensic genetic genealogy. During the investigation, a DNA sample from a possible relative was collected for comparison, which confirmed a familial relationship. This allowed investigators to identify the unknown man as Antonio Juanes Gasper.

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District 1 Medical Examiner's Office

In 1994, remains of an unidentified female were found in Okaloosa County, Florida. The unidentified woman was a victim of the Happy Face Killer.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists then used the profile in a genealogical search to generate new leads in the case. Using these leads, the District 1 Medical Examiner’s Office and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as Suzanne L. Kjellenberg.

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Wichita Police Department

In 1989, the body of Krista Martin was found beaten to death in Kansas. Despite law enforcement’s extensive efforts to identify the suspect, the case went cold.

In 2020, using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram’s scientists developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown individual. After successfully completing the process, the DNA profile was delivered to the FBI to generate new leads. Finally, in April 2023 Paul Hart was identified. Investigators were able to confirm that Paul Hart was the suspect in the 1989 homicide of Krista Martin. As he is deceased, this case is considered cleared.

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Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

In 1990, the remains of an unidentified woman were found in Florida. The woman could not be identified and became known as Volusia County Jane Doe.

In 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists then used the profile in a genealogical search to generate new leads. Aided by these leads, a follow-up investigation and further reference testing led to the positive identification of Roberta “Bobbie” Lynn Headley Weber.

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Pennsylvania State Police

In 2014, the remains of an unknown man were found in Pennsylvania. Despite investigators attempts to identify him, his identity remained unknown.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists then used the profile in a genealogical search to generate new leads that were returned to investigators. Aided by these leads, a follow-up investigation led to the confirmation of the identity of the man as Michael Allen Holober.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

In September 1985, a body was discovered in Tennessee. After exhausting all leads, investigators could not determine the victim's identity.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogical search to produce leads that were returned to investigators. Using the leads, investigators were able to confirm that the remains belonged to James Keith Nuchols.

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Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office

In 1971, a man's body was discovered in the Spokane River. No personal belongings were found, and decomposition prevented visual identification.

In August 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to develop leads that were returned to investigators. Aided by these leads and follow up investigation, the man has been identified as Bruce Frank Sherman.

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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

In 2014 and 2021, skeletal remains of an unidentified man were found in California. Despite the work of investigators, the individual could not be identified.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a profile for the individual using Forensic Grade Genome Sequencing®. During the investigation, an individual provided a DNA sample for reference testing to determine if they were related to the man. A comparison of the unidentified man’s profile to the potential relative’s profile concluded that they were related, confirming the identity of the unknown man as Joshua Daniel Fritz.

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Kentucky State Police

In 2020, a shallow grave containing a young man was found in Kentucky. Law enforcement worked diligently to identify him, but all leads were exhausted.

In 2021, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to identify relatives of the man and to produce leads that were returned to investigators. With leads in hand, investigators were able to confirm the identity of the man as Zachary Taylor Pearson.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office

In 1996, human remains were discovered in Arizona. Despite investigators multiple attempts to identity the man, his identity remained a mystery.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram scientists developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the man. The profile was used by Othram's in-house genealogy team to generate new investigative leads in the case. These leads revealed potential family members of the unknown man and subsequently he has been tentatively identified as Sherman George of Los Angeles County, California.

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Spokane County Sheriff's Office

In 1978, the body of 16-year-old Krisann Baxter was discovered in Washington. Many attempts were made to identify her murderer, but none were successful.

In 2021, forensic evidence was sent to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram scientists developed a comprehensive DNA profile for the murderer. Othram's in-house genealogy team identified potential relatives of the murderer. These leads were provided to Spokane County Sheriff Detective M. Drapeau who conducted a follow-up investigation. Continued investigative efforts revealed Keith D. Lindblom to be Baxter's murderer.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

In 1983, skeletal remains of an unidentified victim were discovered in Tennessee. A DNA profile was entered into CODIS, but no matches were made.

In 2022, a sample of the remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the man. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogical search to help generate leads that were returned to investigators. Additional DNA testing and a follow investigation positively identified the man as Kenneth Levall Thompson.

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Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office

In January 2023 human remains were discovered inside a vacant house in Georgia. Due to the condition of his remains, he could not be positively identified.

In March 2023, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists extracted DNA from the evidence and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Following a lead, investigators collected a DNA sample from a potential relative of the man. Using KinSNP® rapid familial testing, Othram compared the profile of the man with that of the relative. This provided supporting evidence that the man was Harold Hammons.

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Flagler County Sheriff's Office

In 1997, a floating body was found in Flordia. Deputies determined the male had been bound, shot, and stabbed before being dumped in the water.

In 2021, remains were submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the victim. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search to produce investigative leads. These leads were returned to investigators and through a continued investigation, the victim was identified as Robert Bruce McPhail.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

In 1981, skeletal remains were discovered in Tennessee. After exhausting all leads, the identity of the female victim could not be determined.

In 2023, a sample of the skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract and the used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was used by Othram’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team to develop investigative leads that were returned to law enforcement investigators. Aided by these leads, the woman was positively identified as Linda Sue Karnes.

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Montana Department of Justice

In 2012, human remains were found in a garbage bag in Montana. Despite extensive efforts from investigators, the man’s identity remained a mystery.

In 2019, forensic evidence was sent to Othram. Othram produced a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the DNA profile to perform genetic genealogy research. Working collaboratively, law enforcement agencies worked to piece together the man's probable identity, resulting in the identification of Michael Wayne Canada.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

In July 2022, a deceased individual was found in Washington. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the identity of the man remained a mystery.

In December 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the evidence and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was used by Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team to produce investigative leads that were returned to law enforcement. Armed with these new leads, detectives identified the man as Bryan M. Heinrich, Sr.

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Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2014, a hiker discovered human remains in a wooded area south of Newport, Washington. A search of CODIS yielded no results and the case went cold.

In October 2022, a section of the remains was sent to Othram's laboratory for additional testing; Othram successfully obtained a DNA extract. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile, which enabled Othram's in-house genealogy team to generate investigative leads. Othram genealogists worked with the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office, and confirmed that the decedent was Randall Reed Priborsky.

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Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

In November 1983, male skeletal remains were located near the shore of the Connecticut River. With all leads exhausted, the case eventually went cold.

In 2023, the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner partnered with Othram to generate new leads in the case. Skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a DNA profile. Othram's in-house forensic genetic genealogy team used the profile to deliver investigative leads that enabled the identification of Francis Patrick Fitzpatrick.

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Suffolk County Police Department

In 1996, the legs of an unidentified woman were recovered in New York. Despite law enforcement’s efforts, "Fire Island Jane Doe" remained unidentified.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the evidence and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive genealogical profile. This profile was delivered to the FBI's forensic genetic genealogists and the FBI team performed the work to generate new leads. The FBI team, working with Suffolk County PD continued the investigation and were able to identity the woman as Karen Vergata.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office

In 2021, skeletal remains were discovered in Arizona. There were few leads to work from, and despite investigative efforts, the man could not be identified.

In 2023, sent skeletal remains to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the skeletal remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram’s in-house genealogy team worked with the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) at the Mohave County Sheriff's Office to generate new leads in the case. This ultimately led to the identification of the unknown man as Christopher Canning.

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Monterey County District Attorney’s Office

In 2014, a woman died in her home in California. Another person was found inside a box under the kitchen table. Neither woman could be identified.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists developed DNA extracts and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop comprehensive DNA profiles for the unknown women. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profiles in a forensic genetic genealogy search and returned investigative leads to law enforcement, who were able to confirm the identities of the woman as Linda Rae Jacobs and her mother, Ida Florence Jacobs.

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Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine

In 2017, a snorkeler discovered skeletal remains in Victoria. With no clues to the man's identity, a DNA profile was entered into multiple databases, but no match was found.

Forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile. Once Othram developed the DNA profile, it was returned to investigators, who then uploaded the profile to genealogical databases. Forensic genetic genealogy was performed, which led to the conclusion that the man, dubbed "Sandy Point John Doe", was Christopher Luke Moore.

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Bastrop County Sheriff's Office

In 1979, the remains of an unidentified woman were discovered in Texas. During the course of the investigation no leads were uncovered leading to the female being identified.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram and Othram scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the remains. Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to develop a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown woman. Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the DNA profile in a forensic genetic genealogy search. Investigative leads were returned to law enforcement, who identified the woman as Kathy Ann Smith.

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Newton County Coroner’s Office

In 1983, human remains of four individuals were found in Indiana, one of which was dubbed "Adam Doe". Despite investigators' exhaustive attempts to identify Adam Doe, his identity remained a mystery.

In 2022, highly degraded skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the victim. The profile was delivered to Newton County Coroner's Office. Investigators used the DNA profile with another genealogy team to perform forensic genetic genealogy. As a results of their efforts, Adam Doe was positively identified as Keith Lavell Bibbs.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

In 1985, skeletal remains were discovered in Tennessee. After exhausting all leads, investigators could not determine the victim’s identity, and she became known as "Cheatham County Jane Doe."

In 2022, highly degraded skeletal remains were sent to Othram. Othram developed a suitable DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown woman. Once a profile was built, Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team used forensic genetic genealogy to provide TBI agents with investigative leads. This led to the confirmation of the identity of the woman as Michelle Lavone Inman.

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Benicia Police Department

In 1983, a portion of a human skull was discovered in California. A DNA profile was developed and searched in CODIS, but with no matches found, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, a comprehensive DNA profile was developed and returned to law enforcement. The FBI assisted in generating new investigative leads using forensic genetic genealogy. A follow-up investigation led to the identification of the unknown woman as Tomye Ross Smith.

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St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

In 2019, the remains of an unidentified infant were discovered in St. Louis, Missouri. Little information was available to investigators to aid in identifying the infant.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram scientists developed a profile for the infant. Investigators worked with candidate relatives to obtain reference DNA samples. The profile for the infant was compared with DNA profiles of two candidate relatives. This testing along with a follow up investigation confirmed a familial relationship.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In 2019, a partially decomposed human body was found in a pond in Lenox, Georgia. Unfortunately, there were not enough clues at the scene to identify the man.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram. Othram developed a DNA extract from the evidence and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. A profile was obtained, which Othram's in-house genealogists used in a genetic genealogy search to identify leads. Using these leads, investigators confirmed that the man was Jeremiah Garretson.

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Toronto Police Service

In 2019, the remains of an unknown man were located in Toronto. The man’s identity could not be determined and eventually, with all leads exhausted, the case went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was delivered to investigators, who then used forensic genetic genealogy to identify multiple individuals that may be related to the unknown man. Using these new leads, the identity of the unknown man was confirmed.

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Mohave County Sherriff's Office

In 2022, remains of a man were discovered in the deserts of Mohave County, Arizona. Despite available details, the identity of the man could not be determined.

In 2023, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram scientists developed a DNA profile for the male victim. In the course of the investigation, a candidate family member was identified and contributed a reference DNA sample. The confirmation DNA testing combined with a follow up investigation led to the identification of Brandon Ray Parlanti.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office

In 2022, human remains were found in Golden Valley, Arizona. Because there were few leads to work from, the remains could not be identified.

In 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile in genetic genealogy search to identify new investigative leads. These leads were returned to investigators with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, who confirmed that the unknown man was Jordan Victor Carvalho.

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Stillwater County Sheriff's Office

In 2019, skeletal remains were discovered in Montana. Despite their efforts, investigators were unable to identify the man, and the case eventually went cold.

In March 2022, the remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. This DNA profile was used by Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team to generate investigative leads that were returned to law enforcement. Further investigation aided by these leads resulted in the identification of Michael Moler.

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Will County Coroner's Office

In 2013, Marcus Wright was reported missing. Throughout the years, Joliet Police investigated numerous leads regarding his disappearance.

In March 2023 two human bones were found and sent to Othram, along with a DNA swab from a close relative. Othram developed a suitable extract from the degraded remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. A pairwise comparison of the profile against a close relative, using KinSNP® familial testing, indicated a genetic relationship suggesting that the skeletal remains belonged to Marcus Wright.

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Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

In 1979, skeletal remains were found in Connecticut. Many leads were followed in the case, but in spite of exhaustive efforts, the woman could not be identified.

In 2022, Medicolegal Death Investigator Michelle Clark partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate leads to woman's identity. Othram scientists built a comprehensive DNA profile, and Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile to develop leads that were returned to investigators. In a follow up investigation, it was confirmed that remains belonged to Sarah Tatham Abbott.

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Toronto Police Service

In May 2022, the remains of an unidentified girl were discovered in Toronto. Her identity could not be determined and eventually all leads in the case were exhausted.

In July 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was delivered to the Toronto Police Service investigators, who then used forensic genetic genealogy to generate investigative leads. In June 2023, Toronto Police Services identified the unknown girl as four-year-old Neveah Tucker.

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Saint Tammany Parish Coroners Office

A male homicide victim was found in 1993, in a heavily wooded area near the Mississippi state line. Despite many identification efforts, the man remained unidentified.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile to produce investigative leads which were returned to law enforcement investigators. Aided by these leads, as well as a follow-up investigation, the victim has been identified as Joseph Lee Muniz.

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Texas Rangers

In 1999, the Texas Rangers were called to assist with an unidentified body of an adult female was found in Texas. With few leads to pursue, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists developed a suitable DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive genealogical profile. Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team used the profile to generate investigative leads in the case. These leads were returned to investigators, and resulted in the positive identification of Brenda Sue Guessler.

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Riverside County District Attorney's Office

In January 1996, the body of an unidentified female was located in Beaumont, California. Eventually, with all leads exhausted, the case went cold.

Forensic DNA evidence was sent to Othram and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive profile. The profile was returned to investigators who then used the profile to conduct genetic genealogy research. Using forensic genetic genealogy, aided by this profile, the California Department of Justice was able to identify the victim as Juana Rosas-Zagal.

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Union County Prosecutor’s Office

In 2020, female remains were found in New Jersey. With few leads to work from, investigators were unable to determine the identity of the woman.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the murdered woman. Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile in a genealogical search to produce investigative leads that were returned to investigators. Using these leads, detectives were able to identify the victim as Jasmine Featherstone.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

In 1991, a human skull was found in San Bernardino County. The remains could not be identified, and with no further leads, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown young boy. Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team used the profile in a genealogical search to generate investigative leads in the case. Using these leads and follow-up investigation, the child is now known to be Derrick Burton.

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Horry County Police Department

In 2008, a newborn baby boy was found in South Carolina. With few leads to work from, neither the infant nor his parents could be identified.

In 2019, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the infant. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile in a genealogical search to produce investigative leads that were returned to law enforcement investigators. Aided by these leads, law enforcement was able to identify both of the parents as well as the child.

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Nevada Department of Public Safety

In 1978 human remains were found in Nevada. Neither the woman's cause of death, nor her identity could not be determined despite exhaustive efforts.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile for the unidentified woman. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile to develop investigative leads that were returned to law enforcement investigators. Investigators were then able to determine that the unidentified woman is Florence Charleston.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

In 1976 skeletal remains were recovered in a rural region of Palm Beach County. There were few clues at the crime scene to point to the victim's identity.

In 2022, skeletal remains for the unidentified homicide victim were sent to Othram. Othram scientists developed a suitable DNA extract from the remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile in a genealogical search to produce investigative leads. Aided by these leads, a follow up investigation determined that the victim was Douglas Streeter.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

In 2021, human remains were located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite exhaustive effors, detectives were unable to identify the decedent.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram built a comprehensive DNA profile for the decedent so that forensic genetic genealogy could be performed to provide new leads in an attempt to identify the unknown man. Following these leads, detectives collected DNA from a potential relative of the decedent for reference testing. Detectives were then able to identify the man as Cody Ray Herrell.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

In 1988, human remains were found in North Carolina. Detectives worked to identify the decedent, but were unsuccessful despite their exhaustive efforts.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, Othram built a comprehensive DNA profile for the decedent so that forensic genetic genealogy could be performed to provide new leads in an attempt to identify the unknown man. Following these leads, detectives collected DNA from a potential relative of the decedent for reference testing. Detectives were then able to identify the man as Oliver Doc Mundy.

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Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

In 1997, a dismembered female torso was discovered just north of Eureka. Years of hard work and attempts to identify the female victim were unsuccessful.

In 2022, Othram was sent a DNA extract from the remains. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the victim. Utilizing this profile and forensic genealogy, a potential DNA match was developed for a relative. Investigators obtained a DNA sample from the relative which was then compared to the DNA sample from the female's remains. These profiles resulted in the identification of Kerry Ann Cummings.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

In 1986, skeletal remains were discovered in Tennessee. After exhausting all leads, investigators could not determine the victim’s identity.

In 2022, forensic evidence was submitted to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house genealogy team used forensic genetic genealogy to provide TBI agents with investigative leads about the possible identity of the man. Utilizing these leads, the identification of "Claiborne County John Doe" as Jerry Harrison was made.

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Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2018, fragments of a human skull were found on the Spokane River. In 2020, another fragment was found, but the victim could not be identified.

In 2022, a portion of the remains were sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the victim and Othram's in-house genealogy team used the DNA profile in forensic genetic genealogy research to generate investigative leads. More than 30 first, second, and third cousins were identified. Many were interviewed, eventually producing the name of a missing family member: Bret Snow.

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Spokane Police Department

In 1980, a deceased male with burn marks was discovered in Spokane, Washington. For more than four decades, his identity has remained a mystery.

Because no DNA evidence was retained from the victim, his body was exhumed in 2022, and evidence was sent to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house genealogy team used forensic genetic genealogy to provide detectives with investigative leads, which led to the identification of the John Doe as Donald Leroy Pearson.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

In 1970, burnt human skeletal remains were found in California. Due to the lack of identity of the remains, and no other leads, the case went cold.

In 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the man. Once the profile was built, Othram’s in-house genealogy team used forensic genetic genealogy to produce investigative leads. Othram reported two possible DNA relatives, and with further comparison testing, the unknown person was identified as James Hollowell Harvey.

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St. Petersburg Police Department

In 1969, two St. Petersburg Police officers found a trunk in a wooded area, with a woman's body wrapped in a large plastic bag inside.

In 2023, a sample of the victim's hair and skin taken during the original autopsy were sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team performed the research that yielded an investigative lead. This lead was returned to law enforcement and investigators utilized follow up DNA testing to confirm her identity - Sylvia June Atherton.

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Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

In 2019, an infant was found in Georgia. The newborn was estimated to be hours old. Investigators were unable to identify her parents.

As the infant recovered, investigators turned their focus towards finding her parents. An investigation ensued, including efforts from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, GBI, and the Atlanta FBI. Othram supported the agencies with DNA testing and analysis. As a result of the investigation, the infant's mother was found and charged with criminal attempt to murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault, and reckless abandonment.

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Hernando County Sheriff's Office

Over three decades ago, skeletal remains of an unidentified male were discovered in Florida. In spite of many efforts, no identification was made.

In February 2022, skeletal remains were sent for further genetic DNA testing to Othram. Othram scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile to develop investigative leads that were returned investigators. With these leads, investigators were able to confirm that the remains belonged to Richard Paul Sargent.

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Saskatchewan RCMP

In 2021, a report was made of human remains located Saskatchewan. Since then, RCMP Major Crimes has been working to identify the remains.

In 2022, investigators enlisted the assistance of Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile for the unidentified woman. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile to develop investigative leads that were returned to the law enforcement investigators. Using the leads, the investigators were able to determine the remains belonged to Kassandra Jorquera.

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Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

Forty-six years after her remains were discovered off Arkwright Road, a woman previously identified as “Macon Jane Doe” has been identified.

In 2022, skeletal remains from the victim were sent to Othram, where a suitable DNA extract was developed. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the unknown woman. Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team used the profile to develop leads that were returned back to law enforcement. Aided by these leads, investigators later identified the woman as Yvonne Pless.

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Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner

In 1989, a woman's body was found in Mississippi. Despite exhaustive efforts, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown woman. Othram’s in-house genealogists then leveraged this profile to conduct extensive genetic genealogy research, ultimately providing investigative leads to law enforcement. Further investigation, aided by these leads, led to the positive identification of the woman as Melinda Lou Barnhouse.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

In 1994, a female victim reported that an unknown subject had broken into her residence and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.

In 2022, detectives utilized forensic genetic genealogy to identify a person of interest. Evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the subject. Othram's in-house genealogists used a genetic genealogy search to produce investigative leads that were returned to investigators. Follow up investigative efforts led to the identification of the suspect as James Wayne Ingersoll.

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Michigan State Police

In 1988, Cathy Sue Swartz was murdered in Michigan. Despite the exhaustive follow up on leads, the person responsible for Cathy's murder remained a mystery.

In 2022, the Michigan State Police submitted forensic DNA evidence to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive genealogical profile. Othram's in-house genealogists used this profile to produce investigative leads. Othram returned the investigative leads to the Michigan State Police, which led to the identification of Robert Waters as the prime suspect in Cathy's brutal attack and murder.

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Marion County Coroner's Office

In 2020 an unidentified woman was found at an abandoned home in Indiana and later died in the hospital. She could not be identified through traditional forensic methods.

In 2023, the Marion County Coroner’s Office sent forensic evidence to Othram, and a suitable extract was developed. Othram’s scientists used Forensic Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile, and Othram’s in-house genetic-genealogists used the profile to generate investigative leads. The leads were returned to investigators, which led to the positive identification of Patricia Anderson.

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Horry County Police Department

In 2018, an abandoned vehicle was reported in South Carolina. Officers found the owner, Robert Marion Ford, Jr., and his son, Robbie Stetson Ford, shot to death in their yard.

The Horry County Police Department partnered with Othram to assist in identifying the person responsible for murdering the father and son. Othram's in-house genealogists performed forensic genetic genealogy research to generate leads about the suspect's identity. Othram provided leads to investigators, which led to the arrests of Randy Dean Grainger, Samantha Ford Rabon and Teresa Ann Martin.

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Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

In 2021, human remains were found in Arizona. In February 2021, the case was entered into NamUs, and with few leads to go on, the case went cold.

In February 2023, skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract from the remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile in genetic genealogy search to identify new investigative leads. These leads were returned to investigators, and resulted in the confirmation that the man was Brian Crain.

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Galveston Medical Examiner's Office

In May 2020 a man was found on the beach in Galveston, Texas. Police were unable to establish an identity for the young man, and the case went cold.

Later that year, the Galveston Medical Examiner’s Office and the Galveston PD partnered with Othram to produce new leads in the identity of the man. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile and Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile in genealogical research. Leads were returned to law enforcement, and investigators were able to confirm that the man was Calvin Mbwambo.

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Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office

In 1981, the remains of a skull were found in Oregon. The case was entered into NamUs, but the identity of who the skull belonged to remained a mystery.

In 2022, skeletal remains were submitted to Othram, where scientists developed an extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogists used the profile in forensic genetic genealogy research which indicated the distinct possibility that remains were, in fact, Ms. Illya “Ella” Wilkins. Ms. Ella Wilkins was positively identified by Oregon Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Sean Hurst in 2023.

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Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner's Office

In 1998, the body of an adult man was found in California. For over 20 years, leads were pursued regarding his identity, which remained unknown.

In 2021, investigators enlisted the help of Othram to perform advanced forensic DNA testing of the remains. Skeletal remains were sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the victim. Othram's in-house genealogists used the profile in forensic genetic genealogy research to produce leads. These leads were returned to investigators, who identified the man as Eric Cupo.

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Carlsbad Police Department

In 1987, Donna Sue Hyatt was found deceased. Leads were thoroughly investigated, but the murder has gone unsolved since 1987.

36 years later, Carlsbad Police Department sent crime scene evidence to Othram, where Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to build a comprehensive DNA profile for an unknown male suspect. The profile was used by the FBI's forensic genetic genealogy team to develop investigative leads. As a result, Michael Ruff Wigley has been identified as Donna Sue Hyatt’s sexual assailant and murderer.

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Nevada State Police

In 1990, skeletal remains were discovered in Nevada. Many identification methods were attempted, but with all leads exhausted, the case went cold.

In 2022, Nevada State Police and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) sent skeletal remains to Othram where scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the victim. Othram's in-house genealogists used the profile in a genetic genealogy search, to produce new investigative leads, which led to the identification of Judy Manzaneras.

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Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office

In 1982, a human skull was discovered north of Newport, Washington. In the years that followed, with no matches in CODIS, the case grew cold.

In Septmeber 2022, a section of the skull was sent to Othram. In January 2023, Othram obtained a DNA extract that was sufficient for testing. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile that Othram's in-house genealogy team used in a genetic genealogy search to generate investigative leads. With the help of these leads, the unknown woman was officially identified as Mildred (Allison) Hubertz.

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Spokane Police Department

In 1984, a female body was discovered along the south shore of the Spokane River. Though many identification methods were attempted, the case remained unsolved.

In 2021 evidence was sent to Othram. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile, which Othram's in-house genealogists used to perform forensic genetic genealogy which provided law enforcement with a list of potential family members. After investigating these leads, the woman’s identity was revealed as Ruth Belle Waymire.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

In 1984, skeletonized human remains were discovered near Troy, Missouri. Investigators pursued all available leads to identify the victim, but he remained unidentified for 38 years.

Evidence was sent to Othram for DNA extraction and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. DNA extraction at Othram's laboratory was successful and a comprehensive DNA profile was built. Othram’s in-house genealogists were able to generate new investigative leads, which Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case detectives used to confirm that the unidentified homicide victim was Jack Langeneckert.

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Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2022 two deceased individuals, a man and a woman, were found inside of a burnt home. The female could not be identified due to damage caused by the fire.

Evidence was sent to Othram where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. A possible family member contributed a reference DNA swab, and their DNA profile was compared to the woman's DNA profile using KinSNP® rapid family testing. Using this, in conjunction with a follow up investigation, the agency was able to confirm the identity of the victim as Lola Bell Thomas.

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Maury County Sheriff's Department

In November 2020, skeletal remains of an unidentified woman were found in Tennessee. Investigators were unable to identify the victim through traditional forensic methods.

In 2021, the Maury County Sheriff's Department sent remains to Othram, and a suitable DNA extract was developed. Othram’s scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile, and Othram’s in-house genetic genealogists used the profile to generate leads. The leads were returned to law enforcement, and investigators confirmed the woman was Amanda Newcomb.

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Gatlinburg Police Department

In 1974, the remains of a body were discovered in Tennessee. Throughout the years and as technology improved many investigators attempted to identify the remains but were unsuccessful.

In 2021, remains were submitted to Othram. Othram produced a suitable DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genetic genealogists worked to produce investigative leads, which were transmitted back to the agency and investigators were able to confirm the woman was Charlotte Roberta Henry.

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Rankin County Coroner

In 1978, the body of a white female homicide victim was discovered in Rankin County, Mississippi. There were no clues at the scene that could be used to identify her.

In July 2022, forensic evidence was sent to Othram. Othram was able to produce an extract from remains that previously failed elsewhere. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to create a profile for the woman, which was used to find potential relatives of the victim. A follow-up investigation and testing of these relatives confirmed that the woman was Tonya Lea Wills Mullins.

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University of Georgia Police Department

In 1996, officers responded to the discovery of a deceased infant in a trashcan at the University of Georgia. With few leads to pursue, the case soon went cold.

In 2021, the University of Georgia Police sent evidence to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile in a genealogical search and returned leads to law enforcement. These leads resulted in the identification of the infant’s mother.

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Richmond County District Attorney's Office

In 1991, a woman was found bludgeoned to death and set on fire in Ocean Breeze. NYPD investigated any and all leads that surfaced, but the woman’s identity remained unknown.

In 2019, investigators reached out to Othram to produce new leads in the case. Othram developed a suitable DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was delivered back to investigators and they worked with the FBI genealogy team, resulting in the confirmation that the woman was Christine Belusko.

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DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office

In 1993, the remains of a woman were discovered in Georgia. For decades, law enforcement pursued leads about her identity, but the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, evidence was sent to Othram to establish an identity for the woman. Othram developed a suitable DNA extract from the remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile. The profile was returned to investigators and the FBI genealogy teams confirmed that the woman was Rebecca "Becky" Burke.

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Will County Coroner's Office

In 1980, the remains of an unknown man were discovered in the Chicago Area. Advanced decomposition made identification difficult, and the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, the Will County Coroner Office sent evidence to Othram and a DNA extract was developed. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile and Othram's in-house genetic genealogists used the profile to develop leads. The leads were returned to law enforcement, which led to the confirmation that the victim was Webster Fisher.

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Racine Police Department

In 2000, a female was found murdered in the yard of a Wisconsin home. She was identified as Linda Fields. Many suspects were eliminated, but her killer remained unknown.

In 2021, evidence was sent to Othram and Othram's scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a genealogical profile. This profile was returned to the FBI, where the FBI's genealogists used the profile to perform genetic genealogy research to advance the investigation. This led to the person of interest, Lucas Alonso, who was arrested on First Degree Homicide.

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Mississippi Bureau of Investigation

In 1992, an infant was discovered inside a garbage bag in Mississippi. The case was classified as a homicide. The identity of the parents remained unknown.

In 2021, evidence from the case was sent to Othram where scientists utilized Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to create a profile, which was used by Othram’s in-house genealogists to produce leads. With the help of the leads returned by Othram, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations detectives were able to identify the infant's parents, who were both charged with First Degree Murder.

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Mesa County Coroner's Office

In 1992, human remains were discovered in Colorado. For nearly thirty years investigators diligently pursued various leads. After all leads were exhausted, the case went cold.

In 2022, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office worked with Othram to identify the man. Othram's forensic scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the man. Othram's in-house genealogists used forensic genetic genealogy to produce leads that were returned to MSCO, resulting in the identification of the man as Etus Thomas “ET” Romero.

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Boone County Sheriff's Office

In 1976, 16-year-old, Carol Sue Klaber was found murdered in Kentucky. Kentucky State Police worked the investigation for nearly a decade before it went cold.

In 2022, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) partnered with Othram establish an identity for the suspect. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to build a profile for the suspect. Using this profile, Othram's in-house genealogists used forensic genetic genealogy to produce leads which BCSO used in a follow up investigation to identify the suspect, Thomas W. Dunaway.

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Massachusetts State Police

In 1978, the remains of a woman were discovered in Granby, Massachusetts. The case was entered into NamUs, but the woman's identity remained unknown.

Massachusetts authorities engaged the services of Othram. Othram obtained a DNA profile of the woman and Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team developed investigative leads which led to an individual who was likely related to the murdered woman. Further DNA comparison confirmed the familial relationship, ultimately identifying the unknown woman as Patricia Ann Tucker.

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Ward County Sheriff's Department

In October 2022, male human remains were found in North Dakota. Due to a failed attempt to generate a usable DNA profile, the man’s identity remained unknown.

In December 2022, the Ward County Sheriff’s Department partnered with Othram to generate new leads. Othram generated a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram used KinSNP® rapid familial testing to confirm a relationship on a lead developed by the Ward County Sherrif's Department, resulting in the identification of Manly Bacon.

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Will County Coroner's Office

In 1997, an archeologist found a human bone in debris from an abandoned factory that burned down in Illinois. A DNA profile was searched in CODIS, but yielded no results.

In 2022, the Will County Coroner’s Office partnered with Othram to identify the unknown woman. Othram developed a suitable DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Othram's in-house genealogists performed the genealogical research, which resulted in the identification of Marie R. O’Brien after further investigation.

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Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office

In 2021, a skull from an unknown female was discovered in Mississippi. Anthropological assessment suggested that she was between 17 and 18 years old at the time of death.

In November 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to identify her. Othram scientists developed an extract and built a profile to enable genealogical research. Genealogical research generated investigative leads, which resulted in the confirmation that the female was a teenager from Clinton, Mississippi.

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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

In 1979, human remains were discovered near Spencer Island just south of Marysville, Washington. In the years that followed, the case grew cold.

In 2021, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office (SCMEO) began collaborating with Othram. Othram obtained a DNA extract, and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to develop a DNA profile. SCMEO uploaded the profile to genealogical databases and obtained several matches. SCMEO officially identified the decedent as Gary Lee Haynie.

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Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

In 1998, human remains were discovered in California. No identification was located. A DNA profile was routinely searched against profiles in CODIS, but no matches were made.

In December of 2022, the HCSO and the CA DOJ partnered with Othram to help establish an identity for the man. Othram scientists used Forensic -Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the man, and Othram’s in-house genealogy team used forensic genetic genealogy to produce investigative leads. This resulted in the positive identification of Jeffery Todd Sydow.

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Fayette County Coroner's Office

In February 2022, remains of a man were discovered near a dumpster. Advanced decomposition has made it difficult to learn anything about the man, including his age.

In 2022, the Fayette County Coroner’s Office partnered with Othram to establish an identity for the man. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile, which Othram's in-house genealogists used to perform genetic genealogy research and develop investigative leads. Using these leads, Investigators were able to confirm that the man was Jimmy Lawrence Medlock.

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Youngstown Police Department

In 1987 a human skull and other bones were discovered in Youngstown, Ohio. No further evidence was available and no leads came to fruition.

In 2023, Youngstown PD received communication from Othram that funding was available for the case. Othram developed a DNA extract from the remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for genealogical analysis. Leads were returned to law enforcement and further research resulted in the identification of the man as Robert Earl Sanders.

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San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office

In 1995, a woman was found inside a refrigerator. For nearly twenty-seven years, investigators have been trying to identify the homicide victim dubbed “Lady in the Fridge.”

In 2022, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Othram to establish an identity for the woman. Othram developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram’s in-house genealogists used forensic genetic genealogy to produce leads. Using these leads, investigators confirmed the woman was Amanda Lynn Schumann Deza.

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Livingston County Sheriff's Office

In 1983, Christina Castiglione was reported missing, and later found deceased. During the autopsy, male DNA was collected, but a suspect was never identified.

In May 2022, forensic DNA evidence from the case was sent to Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile from the DNA of the suspect. Othram's in-house genealogy team used the profile to produce leads, which the Livingston County Cold Case Team used to confirm the identity of the suspect as Charles David Shaw.

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Clallam County Sheriff's Office

In 2021, a shoe containing a foot was found in Clallam County, Washington. Since the discovery, leads were diligently pursued, but eventually the case went cold.

In 2022, the Clallam County Sheriff's Office partnered with Othram to establish an identity for the woman. Othram built a comprehensive genealogical profile and then Othram's in-house genealogists used the profile in genealogical research to produce investigative leads that were returned to the agency, resulting in the discovery that the unknown woman was Jerilyn L. Smith.

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Lexington Police Department

In 1987 Mary Davis was reported missing. Her body was later found in North Carolina. The case remained open and assigned to investigators throughout the years.

DNA evidence was sent to Othram and their scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for an unknown male suspect. Othram built a comprehensive genealogy profile from the extract, then Othram's in-house genealogists used the profile to produce investigative leads, which led to the discovery that the suspect was Russell Grant Wood.

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

On separate occasions in the early 1990's, the bodies of two women were found in Nevada. Over time, these cases have been reviewed by many detectives hoping for answers.

In June 2022, LVMPD Cold Case Investigators requested a genealogical investigation be performed by Othram. Based on research from Othram's in-house genetic genealogy team, a preliminary suspect was identified as Eddie George Snowden Jr. LVMPD Cold Case Investigators were able to confirm he was the person who murdered both Lori Ann Perera and Pearl Ingram.

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Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office

In 1989, the remains of a human body were discovered in Oregon. A DNA profile was uploaded to CODIS, but the man’s identity remained unknown.

In April 2022, a bone sample was sent to Othram. The remains were not productive in previous attempts when DNA testing was attempted, but using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and genetic genealogy, Othram was able to identify potential family members of the man. The analysis revealed the name of two relatives of the man, who was confirmed to be David West Jr.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office

In 2020, human skeletal remains were found by a longshoreman at the Weyerhaeuser dock in Longview, Washington. The cause of death was unknown.

In 2021 Detectives began working with Othram. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and genetic genealogy, they were able to identify potential family members of the unidentified subject. Othram's in-house genealogy team delivered familial leads back to law enforcement. Detectives contacted the family, who had a missing family member; Jade David Feigert.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In 1985, the GBI's assistance was requested with an investigation regarding a woman who had been found injured in GA. She later died from her injuries. Her identity was unknown.

In 2022, the GBI partnered with the FBI to have DNA analysis completed on the woman. Remains were sent to Othram, where a DNA extract was developed. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the woman, which was passed to the FBI for genealogical research. The research resulted in the discovery that the woman was Mary Anga Cowan.

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Bucks County District Attorney's Office

In 1986, a human skull was found in PA. Due to the condition of the remains, there was little investigators could do to identify the person. Eventually, the case went cold.

In 2022, Bucks County Detectives sent the skull to Othram to develop new leads. Othram obtained a viable extract from the remains and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Using this profile, Othram's in-house genealogists performed a genealogical search to develop leads, which led to the discovery that the skull belonged to Richard Thomas Alt.

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Pennsylvania State Police

In 1987, two individuals were killed in a collision, and their vehicle caught fire. While the driver was identified, many attempts failed to identify the passenger.

In 2022, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission agreed to pursue forensic genetic genealogy DNA testing. Evidence was sent to Othram, where scientists extracted DNA and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a profile. Othram's in-house genealogists produced leads using genetic genealogy which led to the discovery that the woman was Linda Jean McClure.

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Mohave County Sheriff's Office

In 1971, a female victim was located in the Arizona desert. For 51 years, investigators have pursued numerous leads to determine her identity, but the case went cold.

In 2022, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case investigators partnered with Othram to determine if advanced DNA testing and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® could help identify the woman. Othram set up a DNASolves crowdfund to raise funds to perform the work necessary to produce investigative leads. In 2023, the victim was identified as Colleen Audrey Rice.

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Opelika Police Department

In 2012, skeletal remains were found in Alabama. Many leads and tips had been pursued, but the identity of Opelika Jane Doe remained a mystery.

In 2022, remains were sent to Othram where scientists successfully developed a DNA extract from the remains and built a profile. The profile was uploaded to a genealogical database to enable a search for genetic relatives. Through genetic genealogy research the biological mother of Jane Doe was determined which led to the discovery that Opelika Jane Doe was Amore Joveah Wiggins.

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Yakima County Coroner's Office

In 2008, remains of an unknown female were found in WA. Traditional forensic DNA testing was attempted but did not yield a useful DNA profile. The case eventually went cold.

In 2022, the Yakima County Coroner’s Office (YCCO) teamed with Othram to leverage advanced DNA testing. Othram scientists were able to produce a usable DNA extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. A familial reference DNA sample was provided and Othram used KinSNP® testing to help YCCO identify the woman as Daisy Mae Tallman.

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Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office

In 2017, skeletal remains were sent to the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office, without context. Because there were no leads to the identity of the man, the case went cold.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office sent remains to Othram’s laboratory to attempt advanced DNA testing. Othram’s scientists developed a DNA extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Once the genealogical research was completed, leads were returned to investigators, who identified the man as Michael Len West.

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Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory

In 1988, the body of an unknown woman was found in Owenton, Kentucky. Multiple traditional identification methods failed to produce leads.

In 2022, the Kentucky State Police teamed with Othram to help establish leads. Othram's forensic scientists developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. Othram genealogists used forensic genetic genealogy to produce leads that were returned to investigators, which resulted in the identification of the victim as Linda Bennett.

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Mesa County Coroner's Office

In 2019, skeletal remains from an unknown man were discovered in Gateway, Colorado. With few leads for investigators to pursue, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, Mesa County Coroner's Office partnered with Othram to establish leads. Evidence was sent to Othram's lab, where Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to build a profile for the man. Othram genealogists used forensic genetic genealogy to produce leads that were returned to investigators. These leads helped in the discovery that the man was Larry Dean Watts.

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Long Beach Police Department

In 1978, the body of an unidentified male was found in Long Beach, CA. Despite many efforts and hard work, all investigative leads were exhausted, and the case went cold.

Badly degraded and chemically damaged evidence was sent to Othram's lab. Othram was able to develop a suitable DNA extract for testing, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. This profile was returned to investigators who then performed a genealogical search, which resulted in the identification of the person as Kenneth Nevada Williams.

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Fairfax County Police Department

In 1993 skeletal remains were discovered in Virginia. Despite exhaustive efforts, the woman’s identity remained a mystery, and the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, the Fairfax County Police Department partnered with Othram to generate leads. Remains were sent to Othram, and a DNA extract was developed. Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was utilized to build a profile. Otham's in-house genealogists used genetic genealogy to produce leads, which were pursued by law enforcement to identify the woman as Sharon Kay Abbott Lane.

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Carbon County Sheriff's Office

In 2004, a human skull was discovered fifteen miles south of Red Lodge, Montana. DNA from the remains were entered in CODIS, but no matches were found.

In 2022 Carbon County Sheriff's Office engaged Othram to develop new leads. Othram's team developed a DNA extract and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile. This profile was returned to investigators, who used the profile in a genealogical search. This resulted in the identification of the remains as those of Rogers Lee Ellis.

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Toronto Police Service

In August 1983, a relative of Susan Tice discovered her body in a bedroom of her home. In December 1983, Erin Gilmour's body was also found in her home by a friend.

In 2019, an investigation began that included the use of forensic genetic genealogy, with the assistance of Othram, who used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. The profile was delivered to the Toronto Police Service and through the use of genetic genealogy, a suspect was identified. In Nov 2022, Joseph George Sutherland was arrested for the crimes.

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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

In 1980, human remains were discovered in the Stillaguamish River in Arlington, Washington. After numerous attempts to identify the body, none succeeded.

In 2021, SCMEO began collaborating with Othram on this case to obtain advanced DNA profiles suitable for genetic genealogy. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile. This profile, along with further DNA testing confirmed that the unknown person, dubbed "I-5 Stilly Doe", was Othaniel Philip Ames.

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Maine State Police

In 1996, Maine State Police began investigating a sexual assault of a woman who was attacked in her apartment. The serial predator was never identified.

In 2022, the Maine State Police tried to leverage advanced DNA testing and Forensic Genetic Genealogy to identify the predator. Evidence was sent to Othram. Scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team performed research for the case and returned leads, which detectives used to confirm Jason Follette as the suspect.

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Massachusetts State Police

In 1974, the remains of a woman were found in Massachusetts. The victim’s hands were missing, and her head was nearly severed from her body.

In 2022, skeletal remains were sent to Othram. Despite DNA damage from formaldehyde and other chemicals, a comprehensive DNA profile was built using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, which was returned to FBI investigators. After discovering a close relative, the FBI were able to confirm that Lady of the Dunes was Ruth Marie Terry.

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Columbia Police Department

In 1984, a woman was abducted at knifepoint and sexually assaulted while walking to work. The assailant attempted to discard her body in a creek, but she survived to seek help.

In 2021, The Columbia Police Department partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a comprehensive DNA profile for the suspect using a previously-generated DNA extract. Othram's genealogy team used the profile to produce investigative leads, leading the arrest of a suspect, currently being held in a North Carolina jail.

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Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office

In April 1981, human skeletal remains were discovered in Missouri. The case was entered into NamUs. With few leads to go on, the case eventually went cold.

In 2020, Othram scientists were able to extract DNA and develop a profile suitable for genealogical research. A match was identified upon upload to genealogical databases. Leads returned to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office helped investigators deduce that the remains likely belonged to Everette Guy Travis, later confirmed with Othram KinSNP® rapid familial testing.

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Benton County Sheriff's Office

In 1981, the remains of an unidentified homicide victim were discovered in Arkansas. The case went cold and the identity of the victim remained unsolved.

In March 2022, Othram was able to develop a DNA profile for the victim using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. With this profile, genetic genealogy was implemented in hopes of finding a relative. Othram's in-house genealogy team was able to identify a close familial match, along with the possible identity of the victim, later identified as Fred James Grow.

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Benton County Sheriff's Office

In 1990, the remains of a female were located in Arkansas. After investigation and various testing attempts, the identity of the victim remained unsolved and the case went cold.

In 2021, Othram was able to develop a DNA profile on the victim. With the victim’s DNA profile developed, genetic genealogy was implemented in hopes of finding a relative. In 2022, Othram's in-house genealogy team was able to identify a relative in this case. Further investigation led to the announcement that the victim of this 1990 homicide has been identified as Donna Sue Nelton.

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Benton County Sheriff's Office

In 1996, the remains of a male were found in Arkansas. After investigation, the identity of the victim remained unsolved and the case went cold.

In 2021, Othram was able to develop a DNA profile for the victim. With this, genetic genealogy was implemented in hopes of finding a relative. Othram's in-house genealogy team identified a potential lead. Finally, after 26 years, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce, the victim of this homicide has been identified as John Douglas Rollins Jr.

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Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner

In 1996, the skeletal remains from an unknown man were found in Mississippi. The case was entered in NamUs. With few leads to go on, the case eventually went cold.

In 2021, the Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner and Moss Point Police Department teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to help generate new leads. A comprehensive DNA profile was produced to enable genealogical research. Investigators used the leads to complete their own investigation and confirm that the man was in fact, William P. Leech.

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Oneida County Sheriff's Office

In 1986, a hunter in Idaho discovered a partial human skull. The partial remains made it hard to produce a definitive forensic facial reconstruction.

In 2021 The Oneida County Sheriff's Office teamed up with Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile from the remains and used genetic genealogy research methods to develop leads. Using these leads, a follow up investigation, along with KinSNP® familial DNA testing, confirmed that the remains belonged to Patricia Campbell.

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Monroe County Sheriff's Office

In May 2004, unidentified remains were found in Monroe County, Indiana. DNA was entered into a federal database, NCIC and NamUs, but no matches were found.

In 2022 Monroe County Sheriff investigators sent skeletal remains to Othram and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the victim. Othram's in-house genealogy team developed leads based on the profile. Using these leads, additional investigative work led to the discovery that the unknown man was Steven Gabbard.

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Will County Coroner's Office

In 1974 skeletal remains were discovered in Channahon, IL. Many tools were utilized in attempts to identify the unknown man, but the mystery remained unsolved.

In June 2021, the Will County Coroner's Office submitted skeletal remains to Othram's lab. Othram's scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to comprehensive DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team used this to conduct genealogical research and develop leads. With these leads, further investigation eventually revealed that the unknown man was Donald M. Rozek.

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Hancock County Sheriff's Office

In 1994, human remains were found in Indiana. The unknown woman became known as Hancock County Jane Doe. With all leads exhausted, the case eventually went cold.

In March 2022, a DNA extract was sent to Othram's forensic laboratory. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. This profile was returned to investigators who used genetic genealogy to develop leads that were confirmed through additional DNA testing. Hancock County Jone Doe's identity was determined to be Doreen M. Tiedman.

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Idaho State Police Forensic Services

In 2014, the body of a woman was found in Idaho. Her images and fingerprints were entered into national databases and facial recognition programs with no results.

In 2022, evidence was sent to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile that could be used in a genetic genealogy search. Othram used forensic genetic genealogy to produce a lead which was returned to law enforcement. This work gave deputies the information they needed to confirm the female's identity as Cynthia Gunnerson.

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Pennsylvania State Police

In 2012, skeletal remains of a young woman were found in Pennsylvania. The DNA was submitted to national databases, but no matches were found.

In 2022, the remains were sent to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. Othram’s in-house genealogy team used the profile in a search to generate clues to the woman’s identity. Othram provided Pennsylvania State Troopers with leads that led to the confirmation that the young woman was Joan Marie Dymond.

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Fairfax County Police Department

In 2001, skeletal remains of a female homicide victim were found in Mclean, Virginia. With few leads to go on, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, Fairfax County PD teamed with Othram to use advanced DNA testing to help generate new leads . Evidence was sent to Othram and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to develop a profile. Othram’s in-house genealogy team developed leads that were returned to detectives. With these, detectives confirmed the identity of the murdered woman as Patricia Agnes Gildawie.

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New York State Police

In 1980, a headless and handless body was found in New York. The case was entered into NamUS. Forensic limitations of the time prevented identification of the victim.

In 2022, the FBI provided evidence to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile for the murdered woman. Using this profile, the FBI investigative team conducted further research and provided a lead to the New York State Police. On May 26, 2022, the victim was identified as Anne L. Papalardo-Blake.

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New York State Police

In 1984, skeletal remains were discovered in New York. The case was entered into NamUs, but with leads exhausted, the case eventually went cold.

In 2021, as part of a collaboration between the New York State Police (NYSP) and the FBI, forensic evidence was sent to Othram with the hope that advanced DNA testing might produce new leads. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the murdered woman. This profile was used in further investigation to confirm the woman’s identity.

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Alachua County Sheriff's Office

In 1979, skeletal remains were discovered in the woods of Florida. Many different lab methods of identifying the individual failed to produce answers.

In 2021, the remains were sent to Othram. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown man, which produced a genetic match estimated to be between a second to fourth cousin to the unknown man. With these investigative leads, Cold Case Homicide Investigator Kevin Allen was able to correctly identify the man as Ralph Tufano.

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Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

In 1982, partially skeletonized remains were found in Houston, Texas. The case was entered into NamUs. With few leads to pursue, the case eventually went cold.

In 2021, the remains were sent to Othram with the hope that advanced DNA testing might produce new leads. Othram scientists developed a DNA extract from the heavily degraded remains and then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile. This profile was used in a genealogical search, which led to the confirmation that the man was John Howard Glatzel.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In 1988, an unidentified homicide victim was discovered in Georgia. In March 2022, the victim was identified with the help of Othram, but her killer remained unknown.

DNA evidence from an unknown male suspected to be responsible was sent to Othram. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the suspect. GBI investigators began to interview leads and obtained DNA swabs for comparison to the Othram profile. This testing established Henry Wise as the primary suspect in Stacy Chahorski's murder.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

In 1985, skeletal remains of a child were found in Tennessee. The case was entered into CODIS and NamUs, but the child's identity remained unknown.

In 2022, a sample of the remains was sent to Othram. Othram scientists used advanced genome filtering and other techniques to develop a suitable extract, then used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a DNA profile. This profile yielded a possible relative connected to the child. Using this, further investigation confirmed that the unknown child was Tracy Sue Walker.

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Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner

In 2018, burned human remains were found in Mississippi. There were no clues as to who the person was. With few leads to pursue, the case eventually went cold.

In 2022, Othram teamed up with the Office of the State Medical Examiner and Jackson PD to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to help generate leads that might identify the unknown man or his next of kin. Othram built a profile and provided leads to law enforcement. The results of the familial comparison confirmed that the unknown man was 59-year Arthur Winters.

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Riverside District Attorney's Office

In 1991, human remains were found in California. The case was submitted to NamUs and ViCAP. A subsequent investigation produced no leads and the case went cold.

In 2022, the Riverside District Attorney's Office contracted Othram to use DNA testing to produce leads that might reveal the identity of the homicide victim or at least help find a close family member. Othram's team used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a profile. This profile was delivered to Riverside DA's team who used it to identify the woman as Kathryn Coffey.

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Mississippi Office of the State Medical Examiner

In 2017, skeletal remains were found in Biloxi, MS. A profile was developed for the man, but produced no match in CODIS. With all leads exhausted, the case went cold.

In late 2021, Othram teamed up with the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to generate new leads that might identify the man or his next of kin. Othram built a DNA profile from the remains. With this, investigators were able to confirm that the man was 40-year-old Samuel C. Boucher.

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Dallas County District Attorney's Office

In 1989, Mary Hague Kelly's home was burgled and she was later found murdered by strangulation. Several suspects were interviewed and the case was added to VICAP.

In 2021, the Dallas County DA's Office teamed with Othram to provide new leads. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile, which Othram's in-house genealogy team then used to perform a genealogical search to produce investigative leads. These leads led to the identification of the suspect, who has been arrested and charged with capital murder.

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Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office

In September 2019, human remains were in Biloxi, Mississippi. There were no clues to the unknown person’s identity, and the case was entered into NamUs in 2021.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office, Biloxi PD, and Harrison County Coroner’s Office teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to generate leads that might identify the man. Othram built a profile, and leads were passed back to law enforcement. Additional investigation confirmed that the identity of the man was Gary Lee White.

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Fairfax County Police Department

In 1996, the body of a woman, later dubbed “Christmas Tree Lady”, was discovered in Virginia. Throughout investigations, her identity remained unknown.

In 2022, Fairfax Police Department detectives sent evidence to Othram and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the woman. The case was funded using the DNASolves® crowdfunding platform. Leads were returned to the detectives, which led to the discovery that “Christmas Tree Lady” was Joyce Marilyn Meyer Sommers.

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Columbia Police Department

In 2019, an infant in an advanced state of decomposition was found in Missouri. Though many leads were investigated, the identity of the infant remained unknown.

In 2020, Columbia Police Department partnered with Othram to develop new leads that might help identify the infant. DNASolves® crowdfunding helped cover the cost of testing for the case. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the infant. During genealogical research, Columbia PD received a tip that led to the identification of the infant and her parents.

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Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2009, a partial human cranium was discovered in Washington. The case was entered into NCIC, NamUs, and CODIS. Unfortunately, there was no match.

In March 2022, Othram obtained a DNA extract that was sufficient for testing. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile that could be uploaded to genealogical databases. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office uploaded this profile and obtained multiple close matches, which lead to the discovery that Beckler River Doe is Alice Lou Williams.

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Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office

In 1977, human remains were discovered in the Marysville Landfill in Marysville, WA. The case was entered into NCIC, NamUs, and CODIS, which failed to produce answers.

In April 2021, Othram obtained a DNA extract that was sufficient for testing. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile that could be uploaded to genealogical databases. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office performed a genealogical search using this profile, which led to the discovery that the unidentified person was Blaine Has Tricks.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

In 1974, skeletal remains were found in Florida. Many attempts were made to identify the girl, but previous attempts at genetic testing failed when CODIS provided no hits.

In 2021, The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office sent the remains to Othram in order to develop a profile that could be used to identify her. Othram’s in-house genealogy team returned investigative leads to the agency. Additional DNA testing of family members and further investigation confirmed her identity as 15-year-old Suzanne Gale Poole.

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Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office

In 2022, a fire broke out in a home in Atlanta. Once the fire was contained, a victim was found in the debris, but the injuries made it challenging to determine their identity.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office engaged Othram to generate new leads. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile for the victim. A potential family member volunteered their DNA for testing; using their DNA and KinSNP® rapid family testing, investigators confirmed that the victim of the fire was Zachary Wells.

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Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office

In 2018, a partially burned human skull was discovered in Bolton, MS. The case logged into NamUs but with traditional methods exhausted, the case soon went cold.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile from the remains. Othram scientists were able to build a profile and return investigative leads to law enforcement. A follow up investigation paired with KinSNP® rapid familial testing confirmed that the woman was Juanita Diane Roxy Coleman.

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Chatham County Sheriff's Office

In 1976, human remains were found in North Carolina. A homicide investigation was opened, but with traditional forensic methods failing to yield answers, the case went cold.

In 2021, Chatham County Sheriff's Office and the NC Unidentified Project partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a profile from the remains. After building the profile, Othram scientists returned the profile and the investigation continued, confirming through additional testing that Chatham County John Doe's true identity was Jimmy Mack Brooks.

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Mono County Sheriff's Office

In 2003, skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave in CA. The victim's information was entered into NCIC and ViCAP. With few leads to work from, the case went cold.

In 2020, the Mono County Sheriff's Office teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate leads. Othram scientists produced a profile and an updated ancestry assessment of the victim. Othram used KinSNP® testing to confirm a familial relationship identified during the investigation, which led to the discovery that the victim was Isabel Sanchez Bernal.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

In 2006, human skeletal remains were found near a wood pile in Missouri. A forensic facial reconstruction was commissioned, but with few leads to pursue, the case went cold.

In 2021, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Lincoln County Coroners' Office, and Southeast Missouri State University coordinated with Othram, where scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a genealogical profile. Othram KinSNP® rapid familial testing confirmed the relationship of a close relative, which led to confirmation of the identity of the man.

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Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office

In April 2020, the body of an unknown man was found in Mississippi. He was found without identification documents and there were few clues to who he might be.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's office and D'Iberville PD teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to help generate new leads that might identify the unknown man or his kin. Once a profile was built, genealogical research produced leads that were then returned to law enforcement, who confirmed the identity of the man as Dean Jeffrey.

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Southeast Missouri State University

In 1979, burned human remains were found on a farm in Charleston, Missouri. No identity could be established at the time, and the remains were turned over to Southeast Missouri State University.

In 2020, Othram received a small sample of the remains from SEMO. The Othram lab used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile that led to his identification.

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Mississippi Bureau of Investigation

In 2018, skeletal remains from an unknown man were found scattered in a wooded area. Investigators were unable to determine the ancestry of the man, and the case went cold.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Medical Examiner's Office and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation teamed with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to obtain leads. Remains were sent to Othram, DNA was extracted, and a profile was built. Othram genealogists generated leads from the profile, which investigators used to confirm that the man was David E. Reed.

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Boone County Sheriff's Office

In 1992, human remains were discovered in a ditch. An STR profile search, several facial reconstructions, and an earlier attempt to use DNA testing failed to identify the remains.

In 2020, Boone County Sheriff's Office partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team performed a genealogical search and returned investigative leads back to Boone County Sheriff's Office, who were able to confirm the woman was Margaret Ann Sniegowski Jr. from Ohio.

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Will County Coroner's Office

In April 1981, the remains of a young woman were found in New Lenox, Illinois. An STR profile was created, but failed to identify the woman.

In 2021, the Will County Coroner’s Office sent the remains to Othram's laboratory and Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. Othram's in-house genealogy team built out investigative leads that were returned to investigators, who used these leads to identify the woman as Brenda Sue Black.

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Idaho County Sheriff's Office

In 1984, skeletal remains were discovered in Idaho. A DNA profile generated from the remains was entered into CODIS, but no results were found.

In 2022, the remains were sent to Othram, where scientists extracted DNA and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile for the unknown man. Othram's in-house genealogists returned investigative leads to the Idaho County Sheriff's Office investigators, who used those leads to identify the man as Roger Bennett, who disappeared in early 1982.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In 1988, the body of a female homicide victim was found on Interstate 59 in Dade County, Georgia. An STR profile was created, but failed to identify the woman.

In 2015, the case was reassigned, and evidence was sent to Othram, where a DNA extraction was performed, followed by Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. After building a genealogical profile, Othram returned the profile to agents from the Atlanta and Baltimore FBI. Additional investigative work confirmed the identity of the body as Stacy Lyn Chahorski.

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Jackson County Sheriff's Office

In 1982, male human remains were found in the Escatawpa River by divers searching for a missing female toddler. The remains were collected, and his death was ruled a homicide.

His identity remained a mystery for 40 years, until Jackson County investigators, teaming with Othram, used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and genealogical research to identify a close relative of the man. Due to the degraded quality of the DNA, many attempts were necessary to obtain a useable profile for genealogical search. The unidentified person has now been identified as Gary Simpson.

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Vermont State Police

In 2004, 17 year-old Brianna Maitland went missing after her shift working as a dishwasher. Her car was located the next day, but she was never found.

In 2020, the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit partnered with Othram to generating leads from DNA found near the car. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile and conducted genealogical research to generate leads. Police were able to locate and obtain DNA from candidate donors, one of which matched the DNA found near the car.

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Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

In 1960, partially buried remains of a young child later dubbed "Little Miss Nobody" were discovered. A DNA profile that was entered into CODIS produced no hits.

In 2021, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office partnered with Othram to identify the girl. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile despite substantial degradation and non-human DNA burden. Using this, Othram genealogists were able to locate a potential biological sibling, which led to the discovery that the girl was Sharon Lee Gallegos.

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

In 2001, human remains were found in Nevada. The remains could not be identified during the autopsy, nor through later testing and investigative work. The case went cold.

In 2021, Las Vegas Metropolitan PD teamed with Othram to re-analyze the remains, hoping to generate new leads. A profile was generated with Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®, which Othram genealogists used to identify relatives that could help identify the victim. These leads were returned to LVMPD detectives, who confirmed that the homicide victim was Richard Wayne Guarro.

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Kitsap County Sheriff's Office

In 1995, a murdered woman was found in a ditch with evidence of a gunshot wound. Exhaustive investigations in identifying a suspect in her murder were unsuccessful.

In 2022, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Detectives teamed with Othram to develop new leads. Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to build a DNA profile, from which Othram genealogists produced a suspect candidate. Kitsap County investigators, working with Nogales PD and Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, found that the suspect died in 2016.

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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

In 1980, a skull with evidence of a gunshot wound was found. Many attempts were made to generate leads to an identity, but yielded no clues as to who this man was.

In 2020, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office contacted Othram to attempt to obtain usable DNA from the remains. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop profile. Othram genealogists delivered investigative leads, which eventually revealed the homicide victim to be Ronald David Chambers, a 28-year-old from GA, reported missing by family in 1979.

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

In 1988, a hunter found skeletal remains and brought them to a dentist for analysis. In 2009, UNTHSC developed a DNA profile that was searched in CODIS; no hits were found.

In 2021, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office paired with Othram to produce new leads. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Othram genealogists produced matches that uncovered new leads, which investigators used to confirm the identity of the man as Charles Wane Dodd. An investigation into the details of his death continues.

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Stafford County Sheriff's Office

In 1990, a skull of a 15-18 year old was found in VA. The cause of death was unknown at the time of discovery. Facial reconstruction and CODIS yielded no results.

In late 2021, Stafford County Detectives teamed up with Othram to generate leads. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile for the unknown man, which Othram genealogists used to perform a genealogical search. This search provided potential names of his father and brother, whose DNA samples confirmed that he was Timothy Alan Mangum.

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Anchorage Police Department

In 1985, a taxi driver was fatally shot by his passenger, who escaped, but left a sweater with blood on it. An STR profile entered into CODIS produced no hits.

In 2020, Anchorage PD submitted evidence to Othram, aiming to identify the person responsible. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a profile. Using the profile, investigators performed a genealogical search, identifying a person of interest living in Idaho. Anchorage PD worked with Idaho State Troopers, leading to an arrest and subsequent confession.

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Bethlehem Police Department

In 1981, a farmer discovered the remains of an adult man. There was no ID on the individual; all leads were exhausted.

In 2020, the Bethlehem Police Department and FBI Melville Office Investigative Genetic Genealogy Unit worked with Othram to develop a DNA profile using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. Othram scientists developed a new DNA extract suitable for advanced DNA testing, which was used to perform a genealogical search. FBI agents were able to identify family members, who confirmed the man was Franklin Feldman.

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Lincoln Police Department

In May 2012, a deputy discovered the remains of a woman in a vacant property near the Talladega Superspeedway. With all leads exhausted, the case soon went cold.

The Lincoln Police Department partnered with Othram to use advanced DNA testing to determine the identity of the woman. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile, which was used to produce investigative leads. The agency then confirmed the leads and determined the woman is Jean Turner Ponders.

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Isanti County Sheriff's Office

In 2003, skeletal remains were found during an excavation project. DNA comparison with potential relatives yielded no matches.

In 2021, the Isanti County Sheriff's Office engaged Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive DNA profile, which was sent to Investigative Genetic Genealogy Consultant Barbara Rae-Venter, who identified a distant relative for the remains. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed a relationship and were able to identify the man as Donald Rindahl.

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Riverside District Attorney's Office

In 1994, an unidentified woman was found in a shallow grave; no identification was able to be made, and the case soon went cold.

In 2021, the Riverside District Attorney's Office contracted Othram to produce new leads in the case. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a DNA profile which was delivered to investigators, who used it to perform a genealogical search. The Riverside Cold Case Team was able to find a child, suggesting that the unidentified woman was Patricia Cavallaro, born March 22, 1937.

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Saginaw County Sheriff's Office

In 2018, a man checking game cameras discovered human remains on his land. The man had been fully skeletonized, making it difficult to determine physical attributes.

In 2021, Det. / Sgt. Simons from Saginaw County Sheriff's Office engaged Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile. Based on the profile, Othram scientists gave Sgt. Simons information that the man was East Asian. Further investigation into open cases revealed that the man was Xin Rong, who was reported missing in 2017.

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Northampton County Sheriff's Office

In 1995, metal detectorists discovered a skeleton in Northampton County. All possible missing persons in the area were ruled out.

In 2019, skeletal remains were sent to Othram for advanced DNA testing. Othram partnered with Northampton County Sheriff’s Office to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile; Othram conducted genealogical research, yeilding investigative leads which pointed to a potential relative. DNA contributed by the relative confirmed that the unknown man was his grandfather, Edward Evans.

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Winnebago County Sheriff's Office

In 2015, remains of a human male were found near railroad tracks in Vinland, WI. All efforts to identify the man were exhausted.

In 2021, The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office teamed with Othram to generate new leads. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a DNA profile from skull fragments, which Othram genealogists used to develop investigative leads. A potential relative was identified and subsequently confirmed using DNA volunteered by a family member. The man was identified as Roland D. Klug.

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Alaska Bureau of Investigation

In 1989, human remains were found on the northwest shore Fire Island, Alaska. All efforts to identify the victim were unsuccessful.

In 2021, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Investigation Unit sent skeletal remains from the victim to Othram, where scientists were able to extract DNA and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. Genealogy research by Othram and Alaska State Troopers pointed to a candidate identity; subsequent DNA analysis confirmed the remains found were those of Michael Beavers.

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

In 1979, 16-year-old Kim Bryant was abducted in broad daylight from a restaurant. Her remains were later found in a desert area.

In 2021, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department partnered with Othram to reexamine DNA evidence from the crime scene. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile; the Othram genealogy team used the profile to develop investigative leads that were returned to LVMPD. LVMPD detectives identified Johnny Peterson as the suspect in Kim's sexual assault and murder.

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Spokane Police Department

In 1959, 9-year-old Candice went missing. Her body was found two weeks later; she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

In March 2021, the Spokane Police Department sent Othram a DNA extract derived from the crime scene; the DNA extract was degraded and burdened with non-human DNA. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a genealogical profile. Othram returned leads to investigators, who confirmed that John Reigh Hoff is responsible for the sexual assault and murder.

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Jackson County Sheriff's Office

In 2016, skeletal remains discovered in a wooded area in Moss Point, MS. There were no clues to the man's identity.

In 2021, the Mississippi State Crime Lab and Jackson County Sheriff's Office sent the remains to Othram's laboratory. Othram developed a DNA extract and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a DNA profile. Genealogical research identified a possible relative; biological sibling relationship was confirmed using KinSNP® rapid familial DNA testing. The unidentified person is now known to be Aaron McGraw.

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Walker County Sheriff's Office

In 1980, the body of a young girl was found adjacent to Interstate 45. She had been viciously assaulted, beaten, and strangled.

In 2020, Walker County Sheriff's Office sent paraffin-emedded tissue to Othram, where scientists used a proprietary DNA extraction approach and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a genealogical profile from chemically-damaged DNA. The Othram genealogy team returned investigative leads, and used KinSNP® testing to confirm potential relatives, identifying the girl as Sherri Ann Jarvis of Stillwater, MN.

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Florida Department of Law Enforcement

In February 1996, Terrance Paquette was stabbed 73 times. With no witnesses to the murder, all leads were quickly exhausted.

In 2019, Orange County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement contracted Othram to use advanced DNA testing to identify the killer. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive genealogical profile which was used to narrow in on possible suspects. Investigators were able to identify the suspect, who is now being held on a charge of first-degree murder.

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Queens District Attorney's Office

In 2019, a woman told police about a buried body. Investigators found remains of an unknown victim in the backyard of a home.

The Queens DA's office, the NYC FBI office, and NYPD contracted Othram to produce investigative leads. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and proprietary enrichment techniques to build a genealogical profile from skeletal remains. The NYC FBI office used the profile, identifying the man as George Seitz. Further investigation led to the arrest of a suspect in Seitz's murder.

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Nags Head Police Department

In April 1991, the body of an infant was found in a trash can rack. Officers were unable to establish Baby Doe’s gender due to advanced decomposition.

In 2019, investigators sent a rib bone to Othram. Othram's forensic scientists used proprietary enrichment techniques and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a genetic profile, which was used by the Othram genealogy team to produce investigative leads for investigators. Further investigation by Nags Head Police led to the arrest of a couple living in Taylorsville, NC.

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Ector County Sheriff's Office

In September 2019, a rancher found what appeared to be a partial human skeleton.

In February 2021, Ector County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers contracted Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a genealogical profile from the skeletal remains. The Othram genealogy team used this profile to generate investigative leads. After an exhaustive investigation by investigators, Othram used KinSNP® rapid familial testing to confirm the relationship of a close relative. Investigators were able to identify the man as Timothy Daniel Gomez.

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Charleston County Coroner's Office

In October 2020, a right foot bearing a shoe was found on a beach near Fort Sumter, SC.

In June 2021, investigators sent evidence to Othram in hopes that advanced DNA testing and genetic genealogy might produce leads. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a genealogical profile which was used by Othram's genealogy team to produce leads provided to investigators. The Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed the identity as 57-year old Janet Robinson.

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Mississippi State Crime Lab

In August 2020, fully clothed skeletal remains were discovered by a utility maintenance worker.

The Mississippi State Crime Lab partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile, which was used to search for relatives. Othram used KinSNP® rapid familial testing to evaluate the relationship between candidate family members and the unknown man. In September 2021, the Mississippi State Crime lab confirmed that unknown man was Anderson Bolls of Jackson, MS.

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Bonneville County Sheriff's Office

In September 2002, a local resident found bones of a human male at the Palisades Reservoir.

In March 2021, Othram reached out to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and offered to assist. Othram then received skeletal remains, and used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a DNA profile. The Othram genealogy team conducted a genealogical search and produced investigative leads. Investigators confirmed that the bones belong to Kyle Martin.

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Raleigh Police Department

In December 1977, Alma Jones was found murdered in her home in Raleigh, North Carolina by an unknown male.

In 2021, Raleigh Police investigators secured SAKI funds and approval to use forensic genetic genealogy. Othram applied Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing to the remaining DNA to produce a genealogical profile for Raleigh Police investigators, who worked with the Charlotte and Baltimore FBI offices to perform genealogical research. Subsequent investigation by identified the Alma Jones' killer as Paul David Crowder Jr.

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Jackson County Sheriff's Office

In December 1977, hunters discovered skeletonized human remains. With no viable leads, she became known as "Escatawpa Jane Doe".

Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Mississippi State Crime Lab contracted Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a comprehensive genealogical profile, and KinSNP® rapid familial testing to confirm suspected relationships. After further investigation, investigators concluded the victim's identity was Clara Birdlong of Leflore County, MS.

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Gwinnett Police Department

In 1982 human remains were found in the woods in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Detectives were not able to identify the female victim.

In March 2021, the Gwinnett Homicide Unit shipped the victim’s skull to Othram. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogy profile from the degraded skeletal remains. Investigative leads from the Othram genealogy team connected the unidentified victim to a daughter. Othram's KinSNP® rapid familial testing confirmed the victim's identity as Marlene Standridge.

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Baltimore County Police

In September 1976, the body of a young woman was found wrapped in a white sheet.

In February 2021, a DNA extract from the remaining degraded DNA evidence was sent to Othram in hopes that a genealogical profile could be built. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a profile, leading to the confirmation of Woodlawn Jane Doe's identity as 16-year-old Margaret Fetterolf.

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Yukon RCMP Historical Case Unit

In May, 1983 human remains were found in a wooded area near the Dempster Highway in Yukon Territory, Canada.

Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a genealogical profile from degraded skeletal remains, and produced investigative leads for the Yukon RCMP. These leads led investigators to work with the Oaklyn Police Department and New Jersey State Police on a missing person case from their jurisdicition. The remains were identified as Theodore Frederick Kampf, an American from New Jersey.

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Granite County Sheriff's Office

In August 2014, a backpacker encountered human skeletal remains in Welcome Creek Wilderness.

In 2021, the Granite County and Missoula County Sheriff’s Offices partnered with Othram to help identify Granite County John Doe. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile. After returning investigative leads back to law enforcement, the Montana State Crime Lab conducted DNA testing to confirm that Granite County John Doe's identity was in fact David Jon Milek.

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Regina Police Service

In July 1995, a young man was struck by a train at the railroad crossing at Courtney Street and 13th Avenue in Regina.

In December 2020, investigators reached out to Othram in to use advanced DNA testing. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a genealogical profile, and determined that the man was part of a Canadian family with part of his ancestry tracing to Sweden. Investigators confirmed the identity of the young man as 30-year-old Michael Kirov from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Snohomish Medical Examiner's Office

In June 1980, boaters on the Snohomish River discovered the body of an adult male floating in the waters near the old Weyerhaeuser Mill and Dagmar’s Marina.

In 2021, a DNA extract, along with a section of the left femur, were sent to Othram for further DNA analysis. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a complete genealogical profile from the degraded and bacterially contaminated DNA. An investigator with the SCMEO used the match to identify the unknown man as Steven Lee Knox.

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

In June 1989, 14-year-old Stephanie Isaacson did not arrive home at her usual time. When her body was found, investigators determined she had been strangled.

In 2021, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department teamed up with Othram to reexamine DNA evidence. Othram scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile from 120 picograms of DNA, from which investigative leads were generated. LVMPD detectives confirmed the identity of the suspect in Stephanie's sexual assault and murder.

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Alberta RCMP Missing Person Unit

In 1977, a couple discovered the remains of an unknown man while retrieving a septic tank pump at their farm in Alberta, Canada.

With all leads exhausted, in 2020 the Alberta RCMP Missing Person Unit and the OCME teamed up with Othram to generate investigative leads. Othram applied Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to develop a genealogical profile for the victim. Although the DNA was degraded, the Othram team developed a profile suitable for genealogical research, yielding leads that were used to identify family members of the victim.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police

In May 2016, an unidentified young man was found on the shore of Lake Laberge in Yukon, Canada. All forensic and investigative routes were exhausted trying to identify the man.

In 2020, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Yukon Coroner's Service teamed with Othram to develop new investigative leads. Using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and other advanced forensic DNA technologies, investigators were able to identify family members. Further DNA testing confirmed the man’s identity as Nathan Eugene Hine.

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Jackson County Sheriff's Office

In 1991, hunters came upon the skeletal remains of a young woman near Vancleave, Mississippi, and was never identified.

In 2019, the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory teamed up with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile from skeletal remains. The profile revealed a genetic admixture common in Pennsylvania, and produced a handful of distant relatives. Jackson County investigators worked with law enforcement in Pennsylvania to confirm the identity as Kimberly Ann Funk.

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Missoula County Sheriff's Office

In September 1985, a local hunter was tracking a bear he had shot when he came upon human skeletal remains. An initial investigation revealed that the remains belong to a female homicide victim.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office partnered with Othram to use Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and a proprietary human enrichment process to produce a genealogical profile. After weeks of intense genealogy research, interviews and DNA testing of relatives, Christy Crystal Creek was identified as Janet L. Lucas.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office

In November 1980, an archaeologist discovered a shallow grave in an isolated desert area which contained the bodies of two homicide victims. All attempts to identify the victims met with negative results.

After several failed attempts by different labs, Deputy Peter Headley reached out to Othram. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and a proprietary human enrichment method to extract DNA from both unidentified victims and build a high-resolution genealogical profile.

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Beaumont Police Department

In January 1995, the parents of a Beaumont, Texas school teacher went to her home to check on her. Mary lived alone, and had not responded to calls. They found she had been drowned in her bathroom.

Evidence from the crime scene was sent to Othram, where scientists developed a DNA extract. Processing the DNA, a mixture of an unknown male and the victim, Othram leveraged Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a DNA profile. The unknown man was identified, and has been arrested and charged with her murder.

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Durham Police Department

Investigators were shocked to discover the skeletal remains of a young woman in a self-storage unit. Dental records and composite sketches yielded no viable leads.

Othram partnered with the Durham Police Department, using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a genealogical profile. Analysis suggested the woman was from the Turtle Mountain band of the Ojibwe (Chippewa) people. KinSNP® and traditional STR testing confirmed the woman's identity as Melissa Ann Poitra.

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Pennsylvania State Police

A teenager out for a walk along the Lehigh River discovered a human head. Three separate suitcases were located, all containing remains of what appeared to be a young white female and her unborn, full-term baby girl.

Othram produced a genealogical profile using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and proprietary human enrichment. A nephew of Beth Doe was identified using the profile. After 44 years, Beth Doe was identified as fifteen-year-old Evelyn Colon.

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McDonald County Sheriff's Office

A couple walking on a rural road in Southwest Missouri discovered the decomposed remains of a young woman. She had been hog-tied with six different types of bindings and dumped next to an abandoned farmhouse.

The McDonald County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Othram to establish an identification. In January 2021, the Sheriff’s Office received information from Othram about candidate relatives identified for Grace Doe. Grace has been identified as Shawna Beth Garber.

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Bensalem Police Department

In 1988, a passerby found partially-clothed skeletal remains in an underground pumphouse. Traditional STR testing and 3D facial reconstruction yielded no leads.

In 2020, Bensalem PD partnered with Bode Technology for advanced DNA testing. A DNA extract developed at Bode was then sent to Othram for further analysis. Othram used Forensic-Grade Genomic Sequencing® to produce a genealogical profile. Despite severe degradation of the DNA, the profile enabled genealogical research at Bensalem PD to produce leads necessary to identify Lisa Todd.

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Montgomery County Forensic Services

In October 2016, the remains of a man were found by a kayaker in a parkside reservoir. Traditional identification approaches using fingerprints and CODIS testing were unsuccessful. No records were found for medical hardware identified on the remains.

In late 2020, Montgomery County Forensic Services partnered with Othram to develop new leads in the case. Working from distant genetic matches and through Mennonite and French Canadian familial records, Othram’s internal research team produced a new lead for investigators.

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Pecos Police Department

In 1966, a young woman checked into the Ropers Motel with an unknown male companion. Hours later, a hotel employee found the woman’s body in the hotel pool. As the woman was being taken away in an ambulance, her companion checked out of the hotel and was never seen again.

Othram reached out to the Pecos Police Department to help identify the woman using advanced DNA testing. Skeletal remains were brought to Othram to extract DNA from the bone, and then to construct a DNA profile using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®.

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Collier County Sheriff's Office

In July 2018, two hikers found a deceased male hiker in a tent at the Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County, Florida. Other hikers met him in 2017 and 2018, but none of them knew his true identity. Identification was further complicated by the use of aliases and cash.

Ultimately through the efforts of law enforcement, tips from the crowd, and Othram DNA testing, the Collier County Sheriff's Office identified the hiker as Vance Rodriguez.

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Jackson County Sheriff's Department

In December 1982, a truck driver notified the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department of a possible sighting of a body in the river near Moss Point, Mississippi. Responding deputies recovered the remains of a female toddler caught in the brush downriver.

Othram's forensic scientists applied proprietary enrichment methods and Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to produce a genetic profile that led to new leads. After 38 years, Delta Dawn's name was restored as Alisha Ann Heinrich.

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Missoula Police Department

Siobhan McGuinness was a bright and energetic 5-year-old girl living in western Montana. One evening in early 1974, she disappeared while walking home from her friend’s house. Siobhan’s body was found two days later stuffed into a snowy culvert.

Othram's Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® process was applied to the DNA extract to produce a genealogical profile from less than 400 pg of highly degraded DNA. Law enforcement used the profile to perform a genealogical investigation, ultimately identifying Siobhan's suspected assailant.

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McHenry County Coroner's Office

Hikers near Harvard, Illinois discovered a body near the Rush Creek Trails in May 2019. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office attempted to identify the unknown man using fingerprints, dental records, and CODIS testing, but traditional approaches were unsuccessful.

Remains were sent to Othram and a DNA profile was built using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing®. An investigative lead was returned to Chief Deputy Coroner, Olivia Zednick. Together, her team and Othram confirmed the identity of the unknown man.

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Toronto Police Service

In October of 1984, 9-year-old Christine Jessop got off her school bus in Queensville, Ontario, and walked to meet a friend at the park. Christine never made it. A massive search revealed no indication of what had happened. Christine’s body was found off a rural road in Sunderland, Ontario a few months later.

In 2019, Toronto Police investigators partnered with Othram to leverage Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to build a genealogical profile from the scant quantity of highly degraded DNA that remained.

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Fort Worth Police Department

Carla Walker was just 17 when she was abducted from a Fort Worth parking lot and murdered in February of 1974. This brutal crime remained unsolved for nearly a half-century, with all available leads exhausted, including conventional forensic DNA testing.

In April 2020, Carla’s story was featured on Oxygen’s “The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes.” Within weeks, Othram’s advanced DNA analysis paired with exceptional investigative work from the detectives led to the identification of a suspect.

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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

The search for answers began in 1994 when a fisherman discovered a body in the lake. It’s likely that the Lake Stickney John Doe had been in the lake for as many as seven years before being discovered.

Despite having less than 0.2 nanograms (less than 20 cell’s worth) of badly degraded and heavily contaminated human DNA to work with, Othram’s scientists used Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® and a combination of proprietary enrichment methods and sequencing protocols to reconstruct a genealogical profile.

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Pennsylvania State Troopers

In 1987, road crew members found a woman’s body on a highway in Pennsylvania.

In 2020, the Northampton County Coroner’s Office, Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police teamed with BODE Technology to develop new leads. BODE produced a DNA extract which was sent to Othram, where Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® was used to develop a genealogical profile. This profile enabled investigators to identify Donna Kay Griffin originally from Georgia.

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Clark County Sheriff's Office

In 1979, a family hunting for arrowheads in caves discovered a headless, burlap-wrapped male torso. The remains, which became known as the Buffalo Cave Torso, were examined by the FBI with no resulting identification.

In 2019, Othram digitized the degraded remains using Forensic-Grade Genome Sequencing® to generate a profile. From this profile, genealogists were able to discover the identity of the remains as John Henry Loveless, murdered in 1916.

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