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Indiana man, 19, identified as 1982 victim of serial killer

Dec. 03, 2021 17:52 PM EST

RENSSELAER , Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old Indiana man who was last seen alive in 1982 has been identified by authorities as a victim of the late serial killer Larry Eyler. The remains of William Joseph Lewis of Peru, Indiana, were found by a hunter in rural northwestern...

Duggar trial focusing on computer where child porn was found

Dec. 03, 2021 17:40 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A computer used by Josh Duggar at work contained child pornography behind a partition that allowed the user to circumvent an application that monitors internet use, and metadata indicates the images were downloaded when the former reality TV star was working,...

South Dakota woman sentenced in 1981 death of infant son

Dec. 03, 2021 16:10 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge on Thursday sentenced a woman to 10 years in the state prison system for her infant son's 1981 death that went unsolved for decades. Judge Bradley Zell called the sentencing of 60-year-old Theresa Bentaas a difficult...

Baltimore County detectives solve 1981 killing of teen girl

Dec. 02, 2021 11:52 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say they’ve solved a 40-year-old homicide of a teenage girl. DNA evidence has proven that John Anthony Petrecca Jr. killed Heather Porter, a 13-year-old girl whose body was found in a wooded area of Towson in September 1981,...

Vermont deputy medical examiner promoted to top job

Nov. 29, 2021 13:43 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s long-time deputy medical examiner has been promoted to the top job, the Department of Health said Monday. The appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Bundock to serve as Vermont’s chief medical examiner was announced by state Health...

3 in Mexico who investigated killings were themselves probed

Nov. 24, 2021 18:52 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Three women who volunteered to investigate the 2011 massacre of 193 people later found out that they themselves had been placed under investigation by prosecutors, possibly because their findings embarrassed Mexican authorities. The three women said...

Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

Nov. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities said. DNA tests were being carried out to identify the victims. The bus...

Florida detectives use DNA to track down suspect in old case

Nov. 22, 2021 07:33 AM EST

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida used DNA to solve a 13-year-old home invasion case. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office tracked down Luis Ruiz Gonzalez, 47, last week after the 2008 case was presented to a grand jury, the Palm Beach Post...

Six decades later, Spokane police solve 9-year-old's slaying

Nov. 20, 2021 16:45 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police in eastern Washington say they have solved the slaying of a 9-year-old girl, 62 years after the crime occurred. The Spokane Police Department used advanced DNA analysis, forensic genealogy and traditional detective work to name John Reigh...

Investigators trying to identify hundreds of bodies in Miami

Nov. 20, 2021 03:11 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, a man feeding ducks with his nephew spotted a cardboard box wrapped in rope and duct tape floating down a Miami Lakes canal. Thinking it might be something valuable, they corralled the box, opened it and were immediately met with the smell of rotting...