Latest Forensics News

Investigators crack cold case murder of South Dakota woman

Jun. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The murder of a pharmacist who was raped and strangled in her home in a South Dakota city more than half a century ago has been solved with the use of DNA technology and genealogy databases, police said. Investigators believe Eugene Carroll Field killed 60-year-old Gwen Miller in...

The Latest: Murder suspect trembled during interrogation

Jun. 17, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of man charged in slaying of Chinese scholar (all times local): 4:00 p.m. A detective is testifying that the former University of Illinois doctoral student charged in the slaying of a visiting Chinese scholar began to tremble and break out in what appeared to be...

Man arrested in '87 cold case slaying of soldier in Colorado

Jun. 14, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday. Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987...

Trial begins in case of young Canadian couple killed in 1987

Jun. 14, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Jurors in Washington state on Friday heard about the mysterious final days of a young Canadian couple killed in 1987 — as well as the novel method authorities used to finally make an arrest three decades later. William Earl Talbott II was arrested last year and charged with...

How did detectives miss key suspect in 1993 child slaying?

Jun. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. ANN, Mo. (AP) — The red flags were there. Earl Webster Cox was already a convicted child sex offender with a history of molesting little girls when 9-year-old Angie Housman was abducted moments after stepping off her school bus in St. Ann in November 1993. He had ties to the area, including a sister...

Mothers say Air Force fails amid child sex assaults reports

Jun. 12, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

To the mothers, the 13-year-old boy appeared largely unsupervised as he roamed among the clusters of townhomes on the U.S. Air Force base in Japan. It would have been unremarkable — the neighborhood was full of kids — except that young girls were starting to report the boy had led them from play and...

Man on trial in killings arrested through genetic genealogy

Jun. 12, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A man charged with murder in the 1987 killings of a young Canadian couple is facing trial in Washington state beginning this week, but the case won't challenge the new investigative technique authorities used to link him to the crime. William Earl Talbott II is one of dozens of men...

Prosecutor reveals new DNA evidence in missing mom case

Jun. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The blood of a missing Connecticut mother of five was found mixed with her estranged husband's DNA at the home she was living in after they separated, a prosecutor revealed during a court hearing Tuesday. State's Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. disclosed the evidence to challenge a...

9/11 victim's remains identified nearly 18 years later

Jun. 10, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have identified the remains of a 9/11 victim found at the World Trade Center. The New York City medical examiners' office on Monday said the man is the 1,643rd person to be identified nearly 18 years after hijackers crashed airplanes into the trade center's twin towers in 2001....

University of Alabama says forensic camp still has openings

Jun. 10, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — University of Alabama officials say spots remain open for a youth forensic science camp on the Tuscaloosa campus. Middle school and high school students are eligible for the camp run by the university's Office of Archaeological Research in July. The camp offers experience dusting...