Attorney General Paxton’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit Locates Woman who has Been Missing for Over 40 years, Shortly After Creating the Unit

By |2022-06-09T05:52:00-07:00June 9th, 2022|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  PRESS OFFICE: (512) 463-2050 June 09, 2022 Communications@oag.texas.gov www.texasattorneygeneral.gov                                                                                                         AUSTIN — In 1981, two deceased individuals, who were the apparent victims of a homicide, were discovered in a wooded area in Houston, Texas, and their identities could not be determined at that time. In 2021, Identifinders International, through the use of genetic genealogy, was able [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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