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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...

Police: New DNA tests link woman to 1986 baby killing

Nov. 19, 2021 21:50 PM EST

A woman who lived a seemingly quiet, normal life with her family in Florida for three decades was charged with murder Friday in connection with the 1986 killing of her infant son in Connecticut, according to police and her lawyer. Greenwich police said new DNA testing...

Man whose remains were found in 2016 identified by DNA tests

Nov. 19, 2021 16:35 PM EST

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say that skeletal remains found in 2016 in Jackson County have now been identified. The remains belong to Aaron McGraw, WLOX-TV reported. They were discovered in a wooded area near the Escatawpa River in Moss Point on Oct. 25, 2016....

1991 homicide victim known as 'Tiger Lady' identified

Nov. 18, 2021 09:07 AM EST

BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities will provide more details Friday about how they identified the body of a 1991 homicide victim in New Jersey known by her tattoo as “Tiger Lady” as a missing teenager from Pennsylvania. In a news release on Wednesday, Warren County...

Mississippi names next chief medical examiner

Nov. 17, 2021 19:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi has named its next chief medical examiner. Dr. Staci Turner, previously the state's interim chief medical examiner, is stepping into the role, Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell announced Wednesday. ...

$15,000 reward offered in 1974 death of 18-year-old woman

Nov. 16, 2021 10:31 AM EST

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the 1974 slaying of an 18-year-old Massachusetts woman has been increased to $15,000, prosecutors said Tuesday. The announcement by the Berkshire district attorney's office...