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April 2022

Identifinders Identifies Suspect in 19-Year Old Cowboy Hat Bandit Cold Case

By |2022-10-02T01:08:31-07:00April 15th, 2022|

Identifinders International has identified a suspect in the 19-year-old cold case involving the shooting of Officer Jeff Garner. The identification was made after a thorough and intricate investigation involving North Richland Hills Police, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Dallas and Oklahoma City field offices. Officer Jeff Garner was shot on March 3, 2003, after attempting to stop a man who, unknown to Garner, had just robbed a bank in Watauga, Texas. Since the incident, the suspect has remained at large. After the case sat cold for many years, in 2015, North Richland Hills Police Detective Erik Whitlock was assigned to the investigation. He [...]

March 2022

Identifinders Identifies Violent Offender in Multiple Pullman, WA Sexual Assaults and Breakins

By |2022-04-03T12:59:19-07:00March 21st, 2022|

Identifinders International in conjunction with the Pullman Washington Police Department (PPD) is pleased to announce the identification of 47-year-old Kenneth Downing as the suspect in a series of home invasion sexual assaults that occurred in Pullman between November 2003 and March 2004. Downing was taken into custody by the Spokane Police Department yesterday at a job site in Spokane where he works construction. It is not believed that Downing knew or had any connections to the victims nor did he live near them. Downing faces charges including four counts of first-degree rape, one count of indecent liberties, two counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of [...]

Identifinders Solves 1987 Roxanne Wood Homicide Based on Record Low Amount of DNA

By |2022-04-03T13:00:30-07:00March 18th, 2022|

Identifinders International in conjunction with the Michigan State Police, Niles Post, is pleased to announce the identification of 67-year-old Patrick Wayne Gilham for the 1987 murder of 30-year-old Roxanne Leigh Wood. Gilham has pleaded No Contest to Second Degree Murder and agreed to a minimum sentence of 23 years in prison. The case represents a landmark in the use of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) as the decades-old DNA sample used to identify Roxanne’s assailant was very low level and highly degraded, representing the contents of only a few cells of his body. An undated photo of Roxanne Wood courtesy family. Mrs. Wood, was found murdered in the kitchen [...]

Identifinders Collaborates with Multiple Agencies to Solve 1992 Homicide of Nona Stamey Cobb

By |2022-04-03T12:57:23-07:00March 17th, 2022|

Multi-agency collaboration leads to arrest in the 1992 murder of Nona Stamey Cobb. Authorities investigate possibility of additional victims. Identifinders International, in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Unit and the Surry County’s Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the arrest of 71-year-old Warren Luther Alexander for the 1992 murder of Nona Stamey Cobb. On July 7, 1992, Ms. Cobb’s body was found at the weigh station on the northbound side of Interstate 77, Surry County, North Carolina. Ms. Cobb, 29, was a resident of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Source: Surry County Sheriff's Office Alexander was arrested in Diamondhead, Mississippi on Tuesday, [...]

February 2021

July 2020

Identifinders Assists Orange County DA's Office in Solving the Oldest Jane Doe Case in the County

By |2020-07-23T14:18:20-07:00July 23rd, 2020|

Identifinders International is honored to have assisted the Orange County District Attorney's office in solving the oldest Doe case in Orange County.  In March 1968, a woman was discovered badly beaten, raped, and with her throat slashed in a field in Huntington Beach, CA.  All attempts to determine her identity failed until May 2020 when investigative genetic genealogy was used to identify her as 26 year-old Anita Louise Piteau from Maine.  Her family reported she had driven out to California in 1968 with two friends, hoping to break into the movie business. She wrote one letter to her mother after her arrival, but then was never heard from again. Identifinders wishes to [...]

June 2020

June 2019

Press Conference on Cold Case – Rapid City SD – 2 pm – 17 Jun 2019

By |2019-06-17T10:01:39-07:00June 17th, 2019|

RCPD MEDIA ADVISORY: Press conference to discuss new findings in cold case The media is invited to attend a press conference discussing new findings in the cold case investigation into a Rapid City homicide from 1968. The press conference will be held Monday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor large training room at the Public Safety Building (300 Kansas City Street) in Rapid City. More information will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/RapidCityPD/

May 2017

DNA-The Next Big Gold Rush?

By |2023-05-24T23:07:04-07:00May 29th, 2017|

The discovery of gold at Sutters Mill, CA in 1848 promised untold wealth for those who had the resources and stamina to outlast the competition.  At the dawn of the California Gold Rush, there were no laws governing property rights; prospectors depended on a system of staking claims to protect their discoveries. Early prospectors did well, earning many times what they would have taken in as common laborers. But within a short time, the techniques of extracting gold became more efficient and sophisticated - far beyond the financial resources of the individual 49er. The tens of billions of dollars of gold recovered from the hills of California were ultimately controlled by only a few.  Many later prospectors returned home empty-handed.We are now experiencing a new [...]

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