Tag: genetic genealogy
In 2020, Shirley Ann Soosay, a member of the Cree Nation, was one of the first Indigenous people to be identified using investigative genealogy. Prior to that, Soosay, who was murdered in California in July 1980, was referred to as Jane Doe Kern County.
Margaret Press, co-founder of DNA Doe Project, spoke with A&E True Crime about how investigative genetic genealogy helped identify Francis Wayne Alexander as Victim No. 5 of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Ever since 'Golden State Killer' suspect Joseph DeAngelo was arrested in April 2018 after being tracked down with the help of an online DNA database typically used for tracking genealogy, crime-solving via genetic genealogy has increased. Last year, investigators made more than 20 arrests in cold cases. But given that there are thousands of murders in America every year, of which 40 percent go unsolved, why aren't DNA databases being used to solve even more crimes?