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Looking forward to handling the bioinformatics on this case and keeping fingers crossed the Redgrave team is able to bring it to a resolution!
New case announced: Babes in the Wood, Stanley Park, Vancouver 1953
Please visit our case page for more information: https://redgraveresearch.com/2021/05/18/babes-in-the-wood/
We would like to appeal to the public, especially in the Vancouver area: If you have taken a genealogical DNA test on any of the major direct-to-consumer websites and you would like to help our search and other investigations, please consider sharing your data with the websites we can use in forensic investigations. Instructions on how to download your raw DNA data and upload it to GEDmatch and FTDNA are available at our help site: http://help.FG4LE.com This will assist our genealogy team by providing more pieces for the genetic genealogical puzzle.
We take information security very seriously not only in regards to case information but also the information of the DNA matches who have graciously allowed us to compare forensic cases to their DNA data. Names of the DNA matches we use for comparison are never shared publicly, as our genealogists work under a privacy agreement.
Thank you to the Vancouver Police Department for entrusting us with the genealogical search for these two boys, Lakehead University ’s Paleo-DNA lab for the extraction, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology for their whole genome sequencing, and Kevin Lord of Saber Investigations who will handle the bioinformatics. Also thanks to our forensic genetic genealogy team at Redgrave Research Forensic Services, who are ready and waiting to get started as soon as a workable DNA profile is finished being developed. The team for this case will be co-led by Anthony Redgrave and senior intern Olivia McCarter. We look forward to assisting in finding the identity of these young brothers who met such a tragic end so many years ago.
We were glad we could provide bioinformatics services to DNA Doe Project to aid in the identification of this John Doe utilizing investigative genetic genealogy. RIP Anthony John Armbrust, Jr.
A press release has been issued for the DNA Doe Project assisting with solving a case from Park County, Colorado in 1974. Read the full press release here https://bit.ly/2Hi6lqf
Check out the contest we're sponsoring with the DNA Genealogy Crime Solvers page! Be sure to enter for your chance to win a free DNA test from AncestryDNA or 23andme! Don't forget to opt-in on GEDmatch!
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DNA Genealogy Crime Solvers is teaming with Saber Investigations to offer one lucky fan a DNA kit ($99 value) from either AncestryDNA or 23andMe! 💝🍀
👉 How to Enter
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👉 Do you know someone who needs or wants a DNA kit? HURRY to let them know! Contest begins now and ends at midnight 12 August 2019.
We’ll randomly select one winner on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 and announce the winner here on the DGCS page.
Good luck and happy researching! 🤞🌳
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Another Doe identified!
The DNA Doe Project (DDP) is grateful to announce the identification of “Belle in the Well” as Louise Virginia Peterson Flesher, who was born June 16, 1915 in West Virginia.
"Belle in the Well" aka "Chesapeake Jane Doe" was found in a rural cistern in Windsor Township, Lawrence Co., OH, in April 1981. She was weighted down by a rope around her neck tied to a cinder block. She had been strangled.
DDP arranged to take the case in June 2017. After DNA was extracted from a tooth and sequencing performed, we obtained a file and uploaded it to GEDmatch in November, 2017. Due to extensive intermarriage in the community it took over 14 months to finally identify her.
Earlier today (July 29, 2019) the Lawrence County Coroner's Office hosted a press conference detailing the investigation, the partnership with DDP, and subsequent confirmation of identity.
We thank the Lawrence County Coroner's Office for entrusting us with this case. We also are indebted to:
Bode Cellmark Forensics, Inc.
Dr. Weining Tang, AMD Biotech
Justin Loe, Full Genomes Corporation
Dr. Gregory Magoon, Aerodyne Research
And to our generous donors, our dedicated volunteer genealogists, to Belle's matches who were responsive and helpful, and to GEDmatch without which these cases could not be solved. Our future cases will now depend on the willingness of GEDmatch users to log on and opt-in.
Identification announcement of Belle in the Well:
Lawrence County Coroner's Office's announcement
DNA Doe Project: http://dnadoeproject.org/case/belle-in-the-well/
https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/6259 (Closed after the Press Conference)
President and investigator Kevin Lord recently had an article published in Forensic Magazine detailing how imputation can help solve difficult genetic genealogy cases with degraded DNA.
How Genotype Imputation Is Helping Solve Difficult Genetic Genealogy Cases Genotype imputation, a technique often used by researchers performing genome-wide association studies, is now being used to help solve difficult genealogical cases for law enforcement.
Great article describing the basics of the process we use to help solve cold cases. Let us help solve yours!
We Tried To Find 10 BuzzFeed Employees Just Like Cops Did For The Golden State Killer The Golden State Killer case has triggered a boom in “genetic genealogy” for solving crimes. But how hard is it to find people by sleuthing in their family trees?
Another Doe identified with genetic genealogy!
Today the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) announced that the DNA Doe Project has successfully identified Annie Doe as Anne “Annie” Marie Lehman of Aberdeen, Washington.
Annie’s DNA went through two rounds of extraction and sequencing and extensive bioinformatics before we obtained usable data for genealogical analysis. Even so, her closest DNA matches were from England and New Zealand, adding to the challenges of her case. She is the oldest cold case we have solved so far, nearly a half-century after her death.
We wish to thank Dr. Nici Vance of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office for entrusting us with Annie Doe. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Det. Sgt. Ken Selig of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, who worked closely with us in obtaining the confirmation. Thanks, too, to NamUs, and to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for their assistance and support.
Forensic Artist and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joyce Nagy provided the clay reconstruction of our Jane Doe, and fortuitously named her “Annie.”
The costs of Annie’s tests were funded through NCMEC as well as many of our DoeFundMe donors, and by a generous contribution from Officer Stephanie Bourgeois and the Apache Junction Police Department.
Without GEDmatch these breakthroughs could not be made. We thank the many individuals who contributed their DNA data to gedmatch.com, making her identification possible (particularly those matches who were so helpful when contacted.) Tough cases like Annie’s depend critically on the persistence and passion of our dedicated volunteers, and the indispensable bioinformatics work by Dr. Greg Magoon of Aerodyne Research.
Science, ingenuity, collaboration, and determination has brought Annie home after nearly 50 years.
Here’s a link to the JCSO press release:
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Link to DNA Doe Project Website:
Another Doe identified by DNA Doe Project!
Genetic genealogy isn't only useful for identifying perpetrators of homicides. It can also help take rapists off the street who are not in CODIS but likely to reoffend.
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Another DNA Doe Project identification!
The DNA Doe Project has made a tentative identification in the case of John Clinton Doe. Hunters found the young man's remains near Rock County, Wisconsin in 1995. The Rock County Sheriff's Office is seeking confirmation and pursuing the investigation. We can share details when an announcement is made by the agency.
This was a DoeFundMe case, so we extend our gratitude to those of you who graciously donated. We thank the Rock County Sheriff’s Office for entrusting us with this case and for their help throughout this search. We also wish to thank the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Fulgent Genetics for the lab work, and Justin Loe of Full Genomes Corporation, Inc., and of course our bioinformatics expert Dr. Greg Magoon of Aerodyne Research, Inc.
Above all, thank you to GEDmatch, and to our incredible team of dedicated DDP volunteers.
We extend our appreciation and condolences to the family for their cooperation and assistance during this painful time.
Anyone with information on this case should contact the Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Details of JCD’s case may be found at:
• Find John Clinton Doe page
Special thanks to Jovey Hayes (Phojoe Photo) for the photo reconstruction of John Clinton Doe.
Principal Investigator Kevin Lord was interviewed last night by KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler, TX about his involvement in leading the team of DNA Doe Project volunteers who recently identified Lavender Doe.
Principal Investigator Kevin Lord is grateful to have led this team of extremely dedicated volunteers within DNA Doe Project and that we were able to give Lavender Doe her voice back and help bring resolution to this case.
The DNA Doe Project has made an identification in the case of Lavender Doe. The young woman was discovered on October 29, 2006 in Kilgore, TX. Since July 2018, the DNA Doe Project has been working closely with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, TX (GCSO) on this case. At the request of the GCSO no further details will be released at this time due to the open nature of her case and pending trial.
We thank Lt. Eddie Hope, Ret. Lt. Kirk Haddix and the rest of the GCSO for their tireless efforts to identify her, and entrusting us with assisting in her case. We also wish to thank the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) for their assistance and support during the course of this project.
We also acknowledge Fulgent Genetics for the lab work, and Justin Loe of Full Genomes Corporation, Inc., and our bioinformatics expert Dr. Greg Magoon of Aerodyne Research, Inc. Our gratitude, too, to a number of DNA matches for their generous cooperation. Special thanks to Carl Koppelman for his facial approximation. Also, to all those of you who graciously sent in donations for the testing costs, we could not have done it without you.
Above all, thank you to GEDmatch, and to our wonderful team of dedicated DDP volunteers.
Our condolences go out to Lavender Doe's family.
Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’ With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.
Another one identified by Genetic Genealogy! Investigator Kevin Lord is grateful to be among the team of dedicated volunteers that was finally able to bring resolution to this long cold case.
Principal Investigator Kevin Lord is proud to volunteer his time with DNA Doe Project to help solve these Jane/John Doe cases!
Nobody Was Going To Solve These Cold Cases. Then Came The DNA Crime Solvers. A woman in a ditch. A baby in a parking lot. The DNA Doe Project has the ability to identify cold case victims — so why don’t they take on every case?
Using Genetic Genealogy To Identify Unknown Crime Victims, Sometimes Decades Later DNA combined with the study of family history has been used to solve high-profile cold cases such as the Golden State Killer. Now, volunteers are using the technique to identify crime victims.
How a Genealogy Website Led to the Alleged Golden State Killer Powerful tools are now available to anyone who wants to look for a DNA match, which has troubling privacy implications.
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