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posted by takyon on Sunday June 17 2018, @07:40PM   Printer-friendly
from the year-of-the-snitch dept.

The Associated Press and the Everett Washington HeraldNet carry a story about a 30 year old double murder solved using Public Genealogy Sites similar to the Golden State Killer story carried here on SoylentNews.

Deaths of two Canadian visitors shopping in the Seattle area were unsolved since 1987.

The deaths remained a mystery for more than 30 years, until DNA led to a major breakthrough. A genealogist, CeCe Moore, worked with experts at Parabon NanoLabs to build a family tree for the suspect, based on the genetic evidence recovered from the crime scenes. They used data that had been uploaded by distant cousins to public genealogy websites. They pinpointed a suspect, Talbott, a trucker living north of Sea-Tac International Airport.

Police kept him under surveillance until a paper cup fell from his truck in Seattle in early May. A swab of DNA from the cup came back as a match to the evidence that had waited 30 years. Before then, Talbott had never been considered a suspect. Days later he was in handcuffs.

This time the police used Parabon NanoLabs (more well-known for generating facial models from mere samples of DNA) to build a family tree of the killer by submitting the 30 year old crime scene DNA samples to multiple genealogy sites.

Results from those sites were combined by a Parabon genealogist to map the family of distant cousins found in those data bases. Police were then able to narrow down the list using other methods unmentioned.

Neither article mentions if any family members were stalked by police while being eliminated as suspects, or whether any samples were submitted by other family members.

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  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by captain normal on Monday June 18 2018, @05:18AM (5 children)

    by captain normal (2205) on Monday June 18 2018, @05:18AM (#694429)

    I was really referring to "Everybody living there has their DNA collected, not just babies like in California"
    But as pointed out below if you get all you so called facts from Faux News, You are headed into a very rude awaking sooner or later.

    Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts"- --Daniel Patrick Moynihan--
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  • (Score: 2, Offtopic) by realDonaldTrump on Monday June 18 2018, @08:11AM (2 children)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) on Monday June 18 2018, @08:11AM (#694449) Homepage Journal

    Wow, you say a lot of VERY DUMB things. And "people" love you for it. That's very special. The headline says tourists. And possibly that's as far as you got. The story says "citizens, temporary residents and tourists." Anonymous Coward said "everybody living there." Same difference!!!!

    • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by DannyB on Monday June 18 2018, @03:55PM (1 child)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 18 2018, @03:55PM (#694553) Journal

      Trump can take comfort that God can use even a total and complete jackass. See story in Numbers 22 [] at verse 21.

      However history and experience makes an occurrence of God using a jackass appear highly unlikely. We're skrooowed.

      The lower I set my standards the more accomplishments I have.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @07:00PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @07:00PM (#694644)

        God told Pat Robertson to run for President but then didn't tell anyone to vote for him. At least God has a sense of humor.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:03PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18 2018, @04:03PM (#694559)

    That user account is a complete troll and just makes up bullshit, stop replying to it.