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July 11, 2018

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

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  • Genetics/Genomics

The New York Times — Police arrested a D.J. in Pennsylvania and a nurse in Washington State the week of June 28, 2018, the latest examples of the use of an open-source ancestry site since the break in the Golden State killer case.

In the last seven days, genealogical sleuthing techniques that are old to a handful of genealogists but new to most law enforcement have led to arrests in Washington State and Pennsylvania and unearthed a lead in a 37-year-old murder in Texas. All three cases were only revived when crime scene DNA was uploaded to GEDMatch, the same open-source ancestry site used in the Golden State killer case.

Read more at The New York Times.

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