Latest Forensics News

Holocaust survivors offered DNA tests to help find family

Nov. 30, 2022 15:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, Jackie Young had been searching. Orphaned as an infant, he spent the first few years of his life in a Nazi internment camp in what is now the Czech Republic. After World War II he was taken to England, adopted and given a new name. As an...

Indiana coroner renews push to ID Fox Hollow Farm remains

Nov. 29, 2022 17:31 PM EST

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana coroner's office is asking relatives of young men who vanished between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s to submit DNA samples in a renewed effort to identify human remains found on land once owned by a man suspected in a string of killings, the scope of which...

Toronto police charge man in 1983 killings of 2 women

Nov. 28, 2022 16:16 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the cold case killings of two women who were found dead in their Toronto homes within months of each other almost four decades ago, police said Monday. Police Chief James Ramer said Joseph George Sutherland, of Moosonee, Ontario,...

Prosecutor: DNA links now-dead man to 1978 slaying in Ohio

Nov. 21, 2022 14:46 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — DNA technology has been used to link the rape and murder of a University of Cincinnati student more than four decades ago to a now-deceased man who authorities suspect may also have been responsible for three other murders in Ohio, prosecutors said. Hamilton...

Latest search for Tulsa Race Massacre victims comes to end

Nov. 19, 2022 16:54 PM EST

The latest search for remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has ended with 32 additional caskets discovered and eight sets of remains exhumed, according to the city. The excavation and exhumations at Tulsa’s Oaklawn Cemetery that began Oct. 26 ended Friday and the...

Forensic genealogy leads to arrest in 1987 sex assault case

Nov. 17, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — DNA evidence left behind 35 years ago and the use of forensic genealogy has led to the arrest of an Indiana man on charges that he sexually assaulted two Rhode Island girls in 1987, authorities announced Wednesday. Frank Thies, 66, of Terre Haute, Indiana,...

Judge keeps Arizona execution plan on track for Wednesday

Nov. 14, 2022 19:00 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Plans to execute an Arizona man on Wednesday remain on track after a judge refused to postpone the lethal injection, rejecting a bid to allow fingerprint and DNA testing on evidence from two 1980s killings that led to the inmate's death sentence. Lawyers for Murray...

Maine AG confident in conviction despite new DNA evidence

Nov. 14, 2022 13:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said Monday that new DNA testing hasn't shaken his confidence in a man's conviction for the killing of a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. Dennis Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and sexual...

West Virginia State Police receive $285K for Forensic Lab

Nov. 14, 2022 04:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police are receiving more than $285,000 to improve and advance the agency's Forensic Lab through education and training. The funds from the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program are provided by the U.S. Department of...

Body with gunshot found in search for Tulsa massacre victims

Nov. 12, 2022 11:52 AM EST

A second body of a possible victim of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has been found to have a gunshot wound, according to the city. “Forensic anthropologist Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield discovered that one of the three sets of remains exhumed last week contained one victim with a gunshot...