A Tossed Cigarette Helped Solve A 1994 Cold Case Murder


They say that smoking kills. For one man, it might have handed him a death sentence after his tossed cigarette May 10, 2019 They say that smoking kills. For one man, it might have handed him a death sentence after his tossed cigarette butt helped police solve a cold case after a DNA breakthrough. According to Fox News, Oregon native Richard E. Knap...

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Oxnard police arrest murder suspect in 1980 cold case (DNA)

Crediting DNA evidence for the break in the case, police said Lenard Chester, 58, was booked into Ventura County jail Thursday on suspicion of raping and murdering Leah Sarah Bullis, in Oxnard. May 2, 2019 A suspect in an unsolved murder case was arrested nearly four decades after the rape and slaying of an 81-year-old woman, Oxnard police said Thu...

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Vancouver Police Make Arrest In 25-Year-Old Cold Case (DNA / Genealogy)


Police say advancements in DNA technology – and the use of public databases of genealogies May 1, 2019 The Vancouver Police Department announced Tuesday they've charged a Fairview, Oregon, man with a 25-year-old unsolved murder. On Sunday, police arrested Richard Knapp, 57. He's been booked into the Clark County Jail on a murder charge. Police decl...

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Arrest Made in 1972 Cold Case Murder of Woman Shot While Holding Baby in Her Arms

Bizzell said the new test returned a DNA match for Scott, who has been charged with single counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping. May 2, 2019 Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a 65-year-old Florida man and charged him in the 1972 murder of a 33-year-old mother, alleging newly tested evidence links him to the cold case. Bonnie Neigh...

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DNA helps police solve 1990 'Julie Valentine' cold case; charge mother with homicide

Detectives used DNA and genealogy tracing to interview the child's father, who led detectives to the infant's mother April 20, 2019 GREENVILLE, S.C. – A 6-pound newborn girl, wrapped in newspaper and abandoned in a cardboard box in a field on a cold February, left investigators here grasping for answers for nearly three decades. On Thursday, Greenv...

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DNA leads to arrest in cold case murder of 94-year-old

Police in Northern California say they used DNA evidence to arrest a suspect in the 2013 killing of a 94-year-old woman April 11, 2019 UBA CITY, Calif. (AP) - Police in Northern California say they used DNA evidence to arrest a suspect in the 2013 killing of a 94-year-old woman who was brutally murdered in her home. The Sacramento Bee reports that ...

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Pamela Cahanes cold case: DNA match leads to arrest in Navy grad's killing — 34 years later (Public Database)

Using a public database, he said, investigators matched DNA found on Cahanes' body to Thomas Lewis Garner, a 59-year-old dental hygienist from Jacksonville. March 14, 2019 In the summer of 1984, Pamela Cahanes' body was found in an overgrown lot in unincorporated Sanford. The 25-year-old had graduated from boot camp at the Orlando Naval Training Ce...

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Arrest made in cold case murder of teenage girl (1994)

It's been 24 years since a 14-year-old Minidoka County girl was brutally murdered, and now a man has been arrested in connection to the case. Enter Article DATE HERE RUPERT — It's been 24 years since a 14-year-old Minidoka County girl was brutally murdered, and now a man has been arrested in connection to the case. Regina Krieger disappeared F...

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DNA, genealogy used to solve cold case rapes, homicide in Rockville

Cold case detectives are investigating other crimes that Day may have committed. March 15, 2019 Montgomery County police have identified a suspect in two cold case rapes and a homicide that happened in Rockville, Maryland, in 1989 and 1994. The suspect, Kenneth Earl Day, died in March 2017 in West Virginia, at 52 years old. Investigators collected ...

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Police make arrest in 30-year-old cold case of a murdered Philly woman

Voci says with the developments in DNA and other technologies, this case should serve as an example to families of cold case victims. March 14, 2019 PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Police have arrested the former boyfriend of a Philadelphia woman, found dead in Montgomery County 30 years ago. It was November 1, 1988 state police found the body of 3...

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DNA Cracks Infamous Cold Case Murders: Belmont Man ID'd In Case

Police have identified a suspect who they believe brutally killed Thomas and Alice Green in their East Bay home almost 40 years ago. March 12, 2019 LIVERMORE, CA — Investigators in Livermore are crediting DNA technology and old-fashioned police work with solving a 1981 double homicide. Thomas and Alice Green were found dead in a bedroom of their Li...

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Man arrest in connection with 2002 Hartford cold case murder

This work relies upon the latest investigative techniques and the newest technology, including highly sophisticated DNA analysis March 9, 2019 HARTFORD — Hartford police and the Office of the Chief State's Attorney Cold Case Unit made an arrest in 2002 cold case murder. James Raynor was charged on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, while serving a 37 year pri...

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James Neal, of Monument, has been accused of killing 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe in Newport Beach, Calif., in 1973


Linda disappeared July 6, 1973. She was seen walking home from summer school, and her body was found the next day. Enter Article DATE HERE COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado man arrested after DNA tied him to the 1973 killing of an 11-year-old California girl has yet to decide if he will fight extradition.. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 72-y...

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Cold-case breakthrough: Arrest made in 1993 murder based on DNA, info on genealogy site


Through additional forensic DNA testing and online genealogy website investigation, the suspect's DNA was identified as being consistent with DNA left at the crime scene, February 12, 2019 A suspect has been arrested in the 1993 murder of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs in her Minneapolis apartment, based on DNA evidence and information on a genealog...

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Detectives Solve Decades-Old Cold Case Using Public DNA Database

To catch him, law enforcement agencies tapped into the increasingly popular field of consumer DNA testing; they searched a free online database where anyone can share data from at-home genetic tests to hunt for familial matches. February 1, 2019 Detectives in Oregon solved a 40-year-old cold case with the help a popular ancestry and genealogy datab...

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Portland Police Solve 40-Year-Old Cold Case Murder With DNA Match (Genealogy)


Detectives used forensic genealogy to map familial lines through DNA collected from the crime scene January 31, 2019 Portland's Cold Case Homicide Detail announced the identification of the person it says is responsible for the 40-year-old murder case of Anna Marie Hlavka. Twenty-year-old Hlavka was found dead after being sexually assaulted in her ...

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DNA evidence leads police to charge Iowa man with 1979 murder of 18-year-old woman

Partnership with genetic genealogy has helped law enforcement across the country solve a number of years-old cold case murders and rapes. Enter Article DATE HERE Thirty-nine years to the day that a woman was killed and left in her family's car in the parking lot of an Iowa mall, officials announced Wednesday a suspect was arrested in her murde...

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23 Years After Her Dad’s Murder, Retired Redondo Beach Police Officers Crack The Case (DNA)


Ted Emery was fatally shot in a parking lot after shopping for groceries in 1995. December 1, 2018 REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA) — Two retired Redondo Beach police officers have cracked a cold case more than 20 years after a man was shot and killed during a grocery run in the South Bay city. Ted Emery was fatally shot in a parking lot after shopping for gr...

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1990s cold case murders in South Carolina, Missouri solved through DNA breakthrough, police say


Robert Brashers, who killed himself in a standoff with police in Missouri in 1999, was linked to the three homicides through DNA October 6, 2018 A man with an extensive criminal history was identified by authorities Friday as the suspect in two 1990s cold case murders in Missouri and South Carolina. Robert Brashers, who killed himself in a standoff...

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El Mirage cold case murder solved 17 years later thanks to new technology


Enter Headline here September 27, 2018 EL MIRAGE, AZ - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says they have solved a 17-year-old cold case murder in El Mirage. Richard Cacero Lucero was found dead on Dec. 20, 2001, when a family friend asked officers to conduct a welfare check on the victim. The Arizona Department of Public Safety took over the c...

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Cold case murder: ECSO makes arrest in 2010 homicide after tip from prison inmate


The case file on the shooting contains Florida Department of Law Enforcement documents that link a DNA profile matching Sangster to swabs of the interior of the vehicle in which Allen was found, according to the report. Enter Article DATE HERE Two men argued in a vehicle. A gun went off. Then the passenger pushed the victim's body aside and to...

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Colorado Springs police arrest man in connection with decades-old homicide (DNA)


Police took DNA samples from semen left by the killer and interviewed several suspects who had seen her early that morning. September 20, 2019 Colorado Springs police have taken one step closer to solving a decades-old cold case with the arrest of a 46-year-old man in connection with the alleged rape and killing of Mary Lynn Vialpondo, police chief...

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Bushwick Man Gets 25 To Life For 2004 Cold Case Murder Of Teenager (DNA)


His DNA was entered into the national database after an arrest in 2014 for armed robbery in Florida September 10, 2018 A 40-year-old man was recently sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of a 17-year-old Bushwick resident. Sharabia Thomas was murdered in 2004 according to a report in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. "Thanks to DNA technology and h...

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Man convicted of 2004 cold case murder of 17-year-old Bushwick girl


A DNA analysis of cells found on the victim's fingernails, conducted in 2016, was a match to the defendant, August 23, 2018 Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that a 40-year-old man has been convicted of the murder of Sharabia Thomas, a teenager from Bushwick who was killed in 2004. A DNA analysis of cells found on the vi...

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Man accused of cold-case murder of Oakland woman held to answer nearly 40 years later


The doctor said he took it upon himself to personally take a swab sample from inside her vagina and put it on a slide for future use, Enter Article DATE HERE OAKLAND — It's been nearly 40 years since Betty Elias was found dead in her room on San Pablo Avenue. Wednesday her alleged killer was held to answer for her murder. Dennis Ray Eagle, 57,...

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80-year-old man charged in cold case murder from 1969


Investigators said Burton's body was found in a vacant field over 48 years ago August 20 2018 HOUSTON – An 80-year-old man has been charged in connection with cold case involving the fatal shooting of a woman in 1969. The Houston Police Department says Ralph Tyrone Cooper, 80, is charged with murder in the death of his common-law wife, Mary An...

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A homicide case haunted detectives for 34 years. Now a suspect faces multiple charges


According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Ewing has been in prison in Nevada on charges ranging from aggravated escape to burglary to attempted murder Enter Article DATE HERE (CNN)Closure may come to two families in Colorado as authorities announced they had charged a man with killing four people more than 30 years ago. At a joint new...

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Man Arrested in 1992 Murder of Teacher After DNA Website Links Him to Killing


Rowe is the latest to be arrested after being identified through a genealogy July 20, 2018 Police have arrested a popular Pennsylvania DJ in the cold case killing of a young woman who was sexually assaulted and murdered in her home back in 1992. Christy Mirack was just 25 years old when she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted in her Greenf...

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St. Pauls man arrested in rape, murder cold case


Investigators collected DNA at the scene and entered it into the Combined DNA Index System, a national database July 11, 2018 LUMBERTON — A match in the national fingerprint database led to the arrest Wednesday of a St. Pauls man in a California cold case murder and rape that happened 31 years ago, according to a release from the Robeson County Dis...

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An 8-year-old Indiana girl was raped and murdered 30 years ago. Now an arrest has been made


John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Saturday outside of his home in Grabill, Indiana. July 15, 2018 FORT WAYNE, Ind. — More than 30 years after the body of 8-year-old April Tinsley was found in a northern Indiana ditch, police have made an arrest in the case. John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Saturday outside of his home in Grabill, Indiana. Fort Wayne...

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Investigators use DNA, genealogy database to ID suspect in 1987 double homicide

William Earl Talbott II, 55, of SeaTac, was arrested as he was leaving his Seattle workplace. According to investigators, he is suspected of raping and killing a 19-year-old British Columbia woman in 1987, JUNE, 12, 2018 More than 30 years after a young Canadian woman was raped and shot in the back of the head, a 55-year-old SeaTac man was arrested...

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DNA links man to 1979 cold-case murder: police

A Texas man has been indicted in the cold-case killing of a newlywed who was found dead in her bed after being sexually assaulted and strangled. Enter Article DATE HERE A Texas man has been indicted in the cold-case killing of a newlywed who was found dead in her bed after being sexually assaulted and strangled. Michael Anthony Galvan, 64, of ...

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DNA On Coke Can Leads To Arrest In 1989 Rape And Murder Cold Case

On Tuesday, a Coca-Cola can led to the arrest of a man who police believe may have raped and murdered a teenager in 1989. December 15, 2017 Almost 30 years ago, Mandy Stavik, 18, went missing after taking a jog with her German shepherd the day after Thanksgiving. She was a freshman at Central Washington University and was home on break visiting fam...

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Gypsy Hill killings: Arrest made in 1976 cold case murder of 19-year-old woman


Two years ago DNA evidence gathered decades earlier at two of the crime scenes resulted in two murder charges against Rodney Lynn Halbower, who had already been in prison for most of his adult life, most recently on an attempted murder charge in Oregon. Enter Article DATE HERE DALY CITY — For years, law enforcement officials believed the same ...

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Detectives solve 1979 murder of Salem teen

Persistence and DNA lead to the killer, who died in prison in 2002 November 6, 2017 SALEM — The persistence of a detective and the sister of a young woman who was stabbed and beaten has solved a murder in Oregon — 38 years after it happened. On March 9, 1979, Janie Landers disappeared outside the Fairview Training Center for the developmentally dis...

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Oregon State Police detective solves 1979 cold case murder of Salem teen (DNA)

In April 2016, the crime lab confirmed a blood stain on the shirt matched a man's DNA. Enter Article DATE HERE More than 38 years after Janie Landers was brutally stabbed and beaten to death, an Oregon State Police detective was finally able to return a pair of earrings to her family and deliver the news they'd long waited to hear: He knew who...

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DA: DNA evidence solved 1995 cold cases in Schenectady County

Blood samples from Maciag's family members helped secure a search warrant October 16, 2017 SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Schenectady County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that 1995 cold cases have been solved thank to DNA matches. According to District Attorney Bob Carney, 17-year-old Suzanne Nauman's murder has been solved. The gir...

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Police announce arrest in Palm Desert 1993 cold case murder


Remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA September 27, 2017 PALM DESERT, Calif. - A Northern California man is awaiting trial on charges of murdering another man's romantic rival from Palm Desert, whose remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA, which was also used to link the accused killer-for-hire to ...

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Jury finds man guilty in Tulsa cold-case murder solved through DNA

DNA evidence, testing leads to conviction in 23-year-old case September 21, 2017 A jury recommended Thursday that a man spend the rest of his life in prison for the beating death of a woman inside her north Tulsa residence more than 23 years ago, which he was linked to in 2014 through upgraded DNA testing. The jury deliberated about 4½ hours before...

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DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder


DNA testing helped develop a profile of the suspect September 13, 2017 (KMSP) - A St. Louis Park man has been charged with second degree murder after DNA evidence connected him to a 1983 rape and murder case. 62-year-old Darrell Bruce Rea faces 40 years in prison. Around 10:30 a.m. April 2, 1983, officers were dispatched to the Soo Line Railroad tr...

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DNA link leads Delco investigators to N.Y. suspect 10 years later


"I think it is important to recognize how DNA plays in a case" September 7, 2017 Police found Gary Jenkins beaten, stabbed, and wrapped in a comforter inside his Sharon Hill home on May 7, 2007. Back then, no one brought up Izena Goudy as a possible suspect in the 45-year-old man's death, Delaware County District Attorney John J. Whelan said. But o...

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DNA results from rape kit backlog in Memphis reveal possible serial killer

Authorities say they've managed to connect a rape suspect in Memphis to other rapes and murders in Missouri and South Carolina Enter Article DATE HERE MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A new development in the DNA rape kit backlog in Memphis is linking one suspect to multiple horrendous crimes across different states. Authorities say they've managed to connec...

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Better technology comes through for Farah family in 1974 Jacksonville cold case

Fingerprints found on a box of cake mix and a can of frosting prompted police to arrest the well-known French Quarter "human statue. May 24, 2017 Bobby Farah was a child when his father was shot and killed on May 22, 1974, in an attempted armed robbery at his Jacksonville grocery store. As the decades rolled by, the son, three sisters and Freddie F...

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DNA Leads To Arrest In 1996 Columbus Homicide

Murray became a suspect on May 16th when DNA evidence linked him to the 1996 killing of Mack Fowler May 24, 2017 COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The man accused of killing Mack Fowler on July 8, 1996 is in the Lowndes County jail. David Murray, 52, made his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. Muncipal Court Judge Rhonda Hayes Ellis denied bond ...

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DNA leads to arrest in 1976 fatal stabbing of Houston man

The sheriff's statement says cold case investigators in 2014 began reviewing the death and linked DNA evidence to Edds, April 27, 2017 HOUSTON - Investigators say a review of DNA evidence in the 1976 fatal stabbing of a Houston man has led to an arrest nearly 41 years later. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, David Lee Edds, 61, was t...

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Unsolved: DNA may finally solve girl's 1993 murder

Jennifer Odom was 12 years old when she was abducted and killed in Hernando County. For more than 20 years, there has been no solid leads, no persons of interest in the case. April 27, 2017 Detectives believe a 17-year-old victim got off the school bus at U.S. 41 and Twin Oaks Drive and made her way along a dirt road when sje was grabbed by a suspe...

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DNA leads to warrant in 1976 Houston cold case

Investigators say a review of DNA evidence in the 1976 fatal stabbing of a Houston man has led to a warrant issued for a convicted killer in a later case April 24, 2017 HOUSTON (AP) - Investigators say a review of DNA evidence in the 1976 fatal stabbing of a Houston man has led to a warrant issued for a convicted killer in a later case. The Harris ...

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