Category Archives: Cold Cases

DNA ‘billion to one’ evidence identifies guilty man for brutal killing 40 years ago

North Wales- Breakthroughs in forensic testing and the “foresight” of scientists has finally helped convict the real killer of a 15-year-old schoolgirl more than 40 years ago.

Bodies Found In Swiss Glacier Believed To Be Couple Missing Since 1942

On a summer day in August 1942, Swiss couple Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin set off on foot in the Alps. They never returned.
Now, two bodies have been discovered in a shrinking glacier by a worker from a ski lift company, according to Swiss media, and they are believed to be the couple who disappeared some 75 years ago.

Mystery Solved: Boy killed in Georgetown finally identified after 96 years

GEORGETOWN – After 96 years, a boy killed by a train in Georgetown is finally going home.
Todd Matthews, director of case management and communication for NamUs, a national centralized repository and resource for missing persons and unidentified decedent records, identified the boy as Frank A. Haynes of Bronston. Matthews identified the boy Thursday near his grave in Georgetown Cemetery.
Haynes died April 1, 1921, when he was struck in the head by a train in Georgetown. At the time, officials tried to identify him and buried him before he was positively identified. He was buried in Georgetown Cemetery with the tombstone that simply reads, “Some Mother’s Boy.” He was about 19.

Evidence in Gardner Museum thefts that might bear DNA is missing

The trail had been cold for years when the FBI announced in 2010 that it had sent crime scene evidence from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to its lab for retesting, hoping advances in DNA analysis would identify the thieves who stole $500 million worth of masterpieces.
But behind the scenes, federal investigators searching for a break in the world’s largest art theft were stymied by another mystery. The duct tape and handcuffs that the thieves had used to restrain the museum’s two security guards — evidence that might, even 27 years after the crime, retain traces of DNA — had disappeared.

State says it will do DNA tests on 274 Green Bay rape kits; testing could begin next week

GREEN BAY – An email that appeared in a detective’s mailbox last week brought good news for the city’s sexual-assault victims — and the police who work on their behalf.
The missive brought news Green Bay police had been awaiting for weeks: They could finally send more than 200 rape-evidence kits to a Madison laboratory for testing.

Ruling on April Kauffman DNA sample being kept quiet

MAYS LANDING — A decision by Judge Bernard DeLury on whether to order a DNA buccal sample, or cheek swab, be obtained from endocrinologist Dr. James Kauffman in his wife’s murder case is being kept sealed.
The physician was married to radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman, who was found shot to death in her Linwood home May 10, 2012.

Saliva helps detectives solve double murder case

LOS ANGELES — Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California.
CBS Los Angeles reports police arrested 32-year-old Geovanni Borjas on Tuesday in connection with the rapes and murders of 22-year-old Bree’Anza Guzman and 17-year-old Michelle Lozano.

Ten years on, DNA on Coke can leads to arrest over $200,000 jewelry heist

A discarded can of Coca-Cola left behind from a low level break-in more than a decade ago helped Australian police catch the criminal behind a notorious robbery of more than $200,000 worth of jewelry from the shop in the city of Shepparton, in northern Victoria.

Garda told State lab lacks resources for full DNA analysis

The Garda have been told that full DNA tests of crime scenes will not be carried out in the case of “volume crimes”, such as burglary or car theft, due to limited resources.
Ireland’s first DNA database was established a year ago and has been widely praised for linking crimes to offenders on more than 600 occasions, including in 350 burglaries. The database now contains some 10,000 profiles from suspects, convicted criminals and sex offenders – a figure that is increasing by about 1,000 every month.

Priest’s DNA does not match profile from cold-case murder of nun

(CNN)A DNA sample taken from the exhumed remains of former priest A. Joseph Maskell does not match the DNA from the murder scene of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, according to Baltimore County Police.
Police announced on Wednesday that they had received results from Bode Cellmark Forensics laboratory in Lorton, Virginia, excluding Maskell as a contributor to a DNA profile developed from evidence taken in 1970 from the scene in Maryland where the decomposed body of Cesnik was found by a father and son out hunting. The 26-year-old nun had been missing for nearly two months.

Norway police hope new DNA test will reveal identity of woman burned to death nearly 50 years ago

George Sandeman – The case of a woman who burned to death on the slopes of a Norwegian valley that has left police stumped for nearly 50 years has been reopened.
Using the latest DNA analysis techniques they have built a genetic profile of the woman and hope that by sharing the data with forces across Europe they will be able to solve the decades-long mystery.

DNA advance puts the bite on greedy crooks

Victoria Australia- When the peckish burglar saw the kiwi fruit sitting on the kitchen bench, he didn’t realise it would turn out to be the evidence that would bring him down.
Among the arsenal of police investigative tools, DNA testing is an increasingly potent weapon. Particularly when criminals help the police by helping themselves to the contents of the fridge at the crime scene.

DNA From Exhumed Body of Priest Could Solve Cold-Case Murder of Nun, Baltimore Police Say

The exhumation of a Catholic priest’s body by Baltimore County Police could hold the key to solving the 47-year-old cold case of a murdered nun.

24 Years Later, DNA Leads to Arrest in Manhattan Attack on a Girl

It was one of those ugly, unsolved crimes that seem to haunt many neighborhoods in New York City: In February 1993, a man with a knife abducted an 11-year-old girl in an apartment building hallway in the Hamilton Heights section of Manhattan, forced her to the roof and sexually assaulted her.
The girl was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where nurses gathered physical evidence from her body, but no one was ever arrested. The DNA of her attacker was not even tested until 2002, when the city undertook a project to clear a backlog of rape-evidence kits.

Body of 19th century serial killer Dr H.H. Holmes to be exhumed to quash rumours he escaped the noose

A Delaware County judge gave the go-ahead to exhume the remains of Dr. H. H. Holmes in a court order dated March 9. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which owns Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon where the body was located, confirmed the exhumation was to take place but it wasn’t immediately clear when the process started. WCAU-TV in Philadelphia showed footage for a front-end loader removing dirt from a grave at Holy Cross Cemetery on Friday.
Holmes was the subject of the 2003 best-selling book, The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson.