How a greasy napkin led to the arrest of a Minnesota man in a 26-year old murder cold case

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  • chhs2 Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 20, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    A brother or sister could submit dna to help identify their ancestors, and actually begin the process of identifying a family member of a violent crime. The perp may beg family members not to submit dna?

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2019 9:01 p.m.

    "The technique has raised ethical concerns about how and if genetic information submitted to ancestry sites should be used in criminal cases. "

    For the life of me I can't fathom how anyone could have any "ethical concerns" in a forensic technique that has been shown so effective.

    All the GED database allows is an ability to narrow the DNA signature to a familial line. The actually DNA of the person in question is the only thing that nails the perpetrator for certain. Once that DNA link has been established and attached to the individual, all "ethical concerns" are erased.

  • water rocket , 00
    Feb. 19, 2019 4:48 p.m.

    Of course he is going to deny it! I was wondering how anyone could remember their alibi from that long ago. However, DNA doesn't change and if his DNA does match the DNA from the crime scene, then I would say the police have done a good (though late) job. Better late than never.