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June 2021

Identifinders Solves 1972 Naperville, IL Homicide of 15-year-old Julie Hanson in 2 hours

By |2022-04-03T13:02:02-07:00June 4th, 2021|

49-year-old 'beyond hope' cold case solved in 2 hours using forensic genetic genealogy Identifinders International in conjunction with the Naperville Police Department is pleased to announce the arrest of Barry Lee Whelpley, 76 as a suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Julie Hanson. Julie was last seen on July 7, 1972 when she left home on her bicycle to watch a baseball game. Her body was found several miles from her home in a rural area the following day. Although numerous individuals were DNA tested, no CODIS hit was achieved, and the case went cold. CBS collage of Julie Ann Hanson, image courtesy NapervillePD “This was never a cold case [...]

May 2021

Identifinders Identifies 1981 Harris Co. John and Jane Does as Harold Dean Clouse and Wife Tina Gail Linn

By |2022-04-03T13:44:39-07:00May 26th, 2021|

Identifinders International, in conjunction with the Houston Institute of Forensic Sciences and audiochuck, announces the identification of 1981 Harris County murder victims as then 21 year-old Harold Dean Clouse and spouse 17 year-old Tina Gail (Linn) Clouse.  The bodies of the newlywed couple were found together in a heavily wooded area 100 feet south of Wallisville Road in Houston, Texas. They had been deceased approximately two months prior to their discovery on January 12, 1981, when a dog led searchers to their remains. Mr. Clouse was found beaten, bound and gagged. Ms. Clouse had been strangled. The couple left their home in Volusia County, Florida in 1981 with their one year-old baby for Mr. Clouse to [...]

Identifinders works with Michigan State Police to Identify 1993 Skull of Boy Doe

By |2022-04-03T13:48:30-07:00May 25th, 2021|

Identifinders has been asked by the Michigan State Police to help identify the skull of a child or preteen boy found in St. Joseph Co., in 1993.  Very little is known about our young St. Joseph Doe. Our initial genetic analysis shows that he has ties to Utah, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio with possible ties to the Southern US. His ancestry appears to be English and Danish. Background: NamUs ID: UP9894 Date Discovered: November 22, 1993 Race: Caucasian Gender: Male Estimated Age: 7-12 Location: St. Joseph County, Michigan Agency: St Joseph County Medical Examiner's Office (269) 337-6173 [...]

2016 Baby Madison

By |2022-03-09T02:42:03-08:00May 25th, 2021|

In September 2016 a black suitcase was discovered off Interstate 45 in Madisonville, Texas. Packed inside the suitcase was a pink dress with hearts and butterflies that said ''Follow Your Dreams'' a size-4 diaper, and the skeletal remains of a girl with a feeding tube. The Madisonville Sheriff's office along with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have been working with Identifinders International to identify this child. Our initial genetic analysis shows that the child has strong ancestral ties to El Salvador as well as Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She had long, thick, dark hair that came to just past her shoulders. Her remains also suggested that she had [...]

2005 Sam Houston Infant Doe

By |2022-03-09T02:38:21-08:00May 25th, 2021|

The SHSU University Police Department and the Texas Rangers in collaboration with Identifinders International and the crowdfunding site DNASolves are seeking to help identify a Baby Doe. A DNASolves fund was established to cover the costs associated with case. The investigation was fully funded in just 48 hours. On May 4, 2005, the Spring semester was ending at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. As students were moving out of their residence halls, the dumpsters began to fill with discarded items. On that day, individuals were rummaging through a dumpster located at Sam Houston Village, an on-campus residence located at 1600 Sam Houston Avenue. One of the individuals made [...]

1980 Ms. Harrison

By |2022-03-09T02:39:49-08:00May 25th, 2021|

On November 10, 1980 hunters in Harrison County, Mississippi (near Biloxi) found the skeletal remains of a 19-25 year old female in the woods near a small creek. Anthropologists have determined that she was a white female, 5'2"-5'5" tall, and had been in the woods approximately 3-18 months prior to discovery. Homicide is strongly suspected. An abnormality in her jaw muscle suggests this young woman may have played a wind instrument. She also had a deformity that may not have been noticeable in life but she may have appeared "pigeon chested." Our initial genetic analysis shows her ancestry appears to be Greek, Armenian or Northern Italian. [...]

2012 Smurfette Doe

By |2022-03-09T02:41:39-08:00May 25th, 2021|

The body of an unidentified female was discovered in Houston, Texas near Walters Road on October 16, 2012. She is believed to have died sometime during the month of September that year. She is described as having a small build, very dark brown, shoulder length, curly hair that was held back from her face with a standard bobby pin. And she was possibly of biracial ethnicity. According to the Houston Chronicle, “one piece of evidence stands out and gives investigators at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences hope that someone will recognize her: a dark emerald T-shirt with an image of the cartoon character Smurfette daintily plucking petals from [...]

Identifinders solves 1961 Bibb Co. Teen Doe Case – Daniel Paul Armentrout. Case is oldest NCMEC solved using FGG

By |2022-04-03T15:29:19-07:00May 25th, 2021|

**BREAKING: The Identifinders team has identified Bibb County, Alabama’s 1961 John Doe as then 15-year-old Daniel Paul 'Danny' Armentrout from Miami, Florida.  Danny was hitchhiking through rural Alabama when he was killed on March 27, 1961 when the car he was riding in hit a guard rail and plunged into the Cahaba River. The driver survived, but his passenger did not.  The boy had told the driver he ran away from home after his parents separated, but he wasn’t in the car long enough to give the driver more details.  Bibb County authorities at the time kept the boy’s body in the morgue for about two weeks and exhausted all [...]

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