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    COLD CASES

    Michigan authorities positively identify cold case murder victim found in 1994

    Investigators in Michigan have identified the victim in a cold-case homicide as a woman who went missing almost three decades ago. DNA helped solve the case.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
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    TRIAL ARCHIVES

    He was convicted of two cold-case murders in Washington. Here is why prosecutors will again have to prove he's a killer.

    A new trial has been granted for a man convicted of cold case murders after a jury issue. DNA genealogy helped identify the suspected killer.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • cedar rapids police
    COLD CASES

    'We’re working for the family': Cold case investigators talk about how they solve decades-old crimes

    Cold Case homicide investigators talk about how they solve cases that are decades old. DNA technology has helped. They also talk about the feeling of having an answer.
    By Front Page Detective Staff
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    COLD CASES

    'There is a family that wants an answer': How one lab uses DNA to help cops solve cold cases

    Othram labs has become known for helping to solve cold cases. Its founder spoke of the DNA technology, how it works and what it's like helping close an investigation.
    By Front Page Detective Staff
  • hamilton
    COLD CASES

    A waitress was murdered in California. Decades later, police say DNA helped solve her killing.

    DNA helped solve a cold case murder from 1996, cops say. The victim was murdered while working as a waitress. The suspect was already in jail for sexual assault charges.
    By Mack Bush
  • bristol
    COLD CASES

    Man served as pallbearer at his half-sister’s funeral. Decades later, DNA allegedly links him to her murder.

    DNA has linked a Massachusetts man who served as pallbearer at his half-sister’s funeral over 20 years ago to her beating death, according to prosecutors.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • bryant
    COLD CASES

    DNA evidence helps crack murder investigation of 16-year-old girl from 42 years ago

    Las Vegas police say they have solved a cold case that dates back 42 years. Kim Bryant was murdered and sexually assaulted in 1979. The suspect died years ago.
    By Mack Bush
  • cold case
    COLD CASES

    Texas police use genetic genealogy to identify suspect in 1986 cold-case murder: ‘DNA technology revealed the truth’

    Investigators said they were able to solve a 35-year-old murder cold case using genetic genealogy after obtaining a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • orange county
    COLD CASES

    Discarded beer cans help Florida authorities crack 1996 cold-case murder of convenience store clerk: Sheriff

    Beer cans tossed in the trash may have solved the cold-case murder of a Florida man who was stabbed 73 times and died in a convenience store, police said.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • victim
    COLD CASES

    For 33-year known knew a murder victim's name — DNA just helped change that

    The victim in a Colorado cold-case murder from 1988 has been identified, police said. Akram Bada’an's identity was confirmed using DNA and genetic genealogy.
    By Mack Bush
  • nc
    NEWS

    Parents of baby found in trash 30 years ago arrested after DNA links them to remains, police say

    More than 30 years after an infant’s remains were discovered in the trash, DNA has linked a North Carolina couple to the child, police said.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • gacy
    SERIAL KILLERS

    A victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy was just identified. Here's how police found out who it was.

    A victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy was just identified using DNA. Police announced the name 40 years after the victim was killed by the famous murderer.
    By Front Page Detective Staff
  • alaska
    SERIAL KILLERS

    She was murdered by a serial killer and nobody reported her missing. Nearly 40 years later, cops finally know her name.

    After 37 years, a victim of serial killer Robert Hansen was identified using DNA. The victim was killed in Alaska. Hansen killed 17 women in his spree.
    By Front Page Detective Staff
  • iowa
    COLD CASES

    Iowa teen's mom told police she knew who killed her daughter. Fifty years later, police confirmed she was correct.

    A teen was beaten and murdered in Iowa 50 years ago. Police say they have solved the cold case and it was the man the mother suspected decades ago.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • unc
    COLD CASES

    Man arrested after DNA allegedly ties him to brutal 2012 murder of UNC student: Police

    A man is under arrest in connection to the brutal murder of a North Carolina college student killed in her off-campus apartment in 2012, authorities said.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • mesa
    NEWS

    How DNA kits helped catch an alleged serial rapist in Arizona — who happened to be an ex-cop

    Police in Arizona say they arrested a serial rapist who was a retired cop. Efforts to ease the backlog of rape kits led to DNA identifying the suspect.
    By Jean Campbell
  • nj
    COLD CASES

    DNA genealogy leads to arrest of man accused of murdering New Jersey teenager in 1999

    Police have arrested a man after a grand jury in New Jersey indicted him in connection to the 22-year-old cold case murder of a teenager, officials said.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • broward
    COLD CASES

    Florida investigators solve cold-case murders of 3 women, reveal serial killer responsible fled to South America

    Florida investigators have cracked the cold case murders of three women whose bodies were dumped over a 14-month span between 2000 and 2001.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • texas
    COLD CASES

    47 years ago he raped and strangled a woman to death. DNA just helped put him behind bars.

    A man who murdered a woman 47 years ago was sentenced to life in prison. The murder of Carla Walker was cold until DNA testing provided new info.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • raymand
    FEATURES

    He killed a couple in a park then went to live a normal life for decades. Now, he'll die in prison.

    An 84-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for the cold-case murder of a couple in a Wisconsin park. The suspect lived a normal life for decades after the killings.
    By Jean Campbell
  • sarasota
    COLD CASES

    Police searched for the killer in 1985 cold-case murder. He was already serving life in prison.

    Police in Sarasota, Florida, say they have solved the 1985 cold-case killing of a mom. The suspect was in prison on an unrelated murder charge.
    By Victor Fakunle
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    COLD CASES

    Man charged in connection to 36-year-old cold case murder in Florida using DNA

    After 36 years, an arrest has been made in the cold case of Leslie McCray's murder in Florida. Police identified the suspect using DNA and he was already in prison.
    By Mack Bush
  • cold cases
    COLD CASES

    Waiting for answers: Here are some of the oldest cold cases police have solved

    Some families have to wait years for answers, others have waited decades. These are some of the oldest cold case murders that police have solved.
    By Taneia Surles
  • iowa
    COLD CASES

    How 40-year-old blood and pizza garbage helped Iowa police close a cold-case murder

    A man was convicted of the cold-case murder of an Iowa woman 40 years ago. DNA from a gear shift and the victim's dress helped police decades later.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • mia zapata death murder music seattle dna pp
    COLD CASES

    The brutal and slaying of a rock star on the rise: The killing of Mia Zapata

    The killing of Mia Zapta, a musician in the Grunge scene in the 1990s, left its mark on Seattle. But, it took nearly a dozen years for her killer to face charges.
    By Jean Campbell
  • sarosta police
    COLD CASES

    A young mom was murdered in her Florida home in 1985. Police say they just solved the cold case.

    Cops in Sarasota, Florida, say they solved the 1985 cold-case murder of a young mom. Police say DNA helped them identify the suspected killer.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • cold case
    COLD CASES

    California investigators crack 1980 cold case murder of woman found dead in her condo

    Authorities used genetic genealogy to identify the person they believe killed 20-year-old Michelle Louise Wyatt in 1980 in her Santee, California, home.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • orange
    COLD CASES

    The man buried next to the murder victim was her killer. California police just didn't know it for 45 years.

    Police in California say they identified the murderer of a woman killed 45-years ago. The suspect, who died shortly after the crime, was identified using DNA.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • speelman
    COLD CASES

    Man arrested for murdering 85-year-old woman in 1987 cold case that once sent an innocent man to prison

    Authorities in Pennsylvania have arrested a new suspect in connection to a nearly 34-year-old murder case that sent an innocent man to prison for 16 years.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
  • vegas
    COLD CASES

    15 DNA cells and an anonymous donation: How Las Vegas police solved the murder of a 14-year-old on her way to school

    Las Vegas police announced they solved a 1989 cold-case murder of a girl killed on her way to school. A small DNA sample and an anonymous donation helped police.
    By Front Page Detective Staff
  • orlando
    COLD CASES

    Suspect arrested after nearly 20 years in Florida ‘Woodline Rapist’ cold case

    A suspect has been connected to at least two sexual battery cases linked with Florida's "Woodline Rapist." The cold cases date to 2002 and 2003.
    By Mack Bush
  • does
    MISSING

    Though their cases may be decades old, new technology is helping ID 'Jane and John Does'

    New technology and volunteer groups are helping police identify decades-old John and Jane Does. Finding their identities helps bring closure to families.
    By Jason Collins
  • bad dudes in louisiana pp
    SERIAL KILLERS

    Two killers hunted in Louisiana for years. They worked separately but terrorized together.

    Two serial killers worked in Louisana at the same time. While they killed separately, their cases are linked as they were ID'ed in the same investigation.
    By Jean Campbell
  • lancaster
    COLD CASES

    For a decade, nobody knew who the mom was that left a dead newborn in a dumpster. DNA changed that.

    A woman in Indiana is accused of leaving a newborn in a dumpster in Pennsylvania a decade ago. Police say DNA helped solve the cold-case homicide.
    By Front Page Detective Staff
  • naperville
    COLD CASES

    Chicago area teen murdered more than 50 years ago. Now, police say they arrested the suspected killer.

    Police in the Chicago Suburb of Naperville say they arrested a suspect in the 50-year-old cold-case murder of a teen. The suspect was found using DNA.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • oregon
    COLD CASES

    Here's how Oregon police say they solved a 41-year-old cold-case murder

    Police in Oregon say they arrested a suspect in the 41-year-old cold case and murder of a college student. DNA helped officers identify a suspect.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • dna serial killer caught virginia victims
    SERIAL KILLERS

    30 years ago DNA was used for the first time to catch a serial killer. Here's how the murderer was caught.

    In Virginia, detectives investigating a series of rapes and Virginia first used DNA 30 years ago to catch a serial killer. The technology is commonplace now but was cutting edge.
    By Jean Campbell
  • pedo
    NEWS

    Arizona man allegedly conceived a child with 14-year-old girl, arrested on sex charges

    An Arizona man has been arrested on a charge of sexual conduct with a minor. He was the father of a child whose mother was about 14 years old when she conceived.
    By Mack Bush
  • idaho
    NEWS

    Man sentenced to prison for murder — the same killing an innocent man served 20 year beind bars

    A man in Idaho was sentenced in a murder case where another, innocent, man served 20 years behind bars for the same killing. DNA helped free one man and convict the other.
    By Victor Fakunle
  • hawaii
    COLD CASES

    Dental hygienist recently convicted of 1984 slaying in Florida now accused of cold-case Hawaii killing

    A convicted killer-turned-dental hygienist recently found guilty of murder in Florida is now accused of killing another victim in Hawaii in 1982.
    By Aaron Rasmussen
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