Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick and Identifinders In The News

Remains of Houston couple found in 1981 finally identified. But their child, now 41, is still missing.

In January 1981, a dog wandered into the woods and returned with a human arm in its mouth. Local police later discovered a man who was beaten to death and a woman who had been strangled. The family confirmed the couple was Dean and Tina Clouse. However, their child, Hollie was never found…

  • USA Today
  • | January 12, 2022
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Killed in a 1961 Crash, ‘Unknown Boy’ Is Finally Identified

The mystery of a teenage hitchhiker, now identified as Daniel Paul Armantrout, was solved 60 years later because of advances in DNA technology and genealogy.

  • The New York Times
  • | November 3, 2021
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Barry Lee Whelpley, Charged In 1972 Murder Of 15-Year-Old Julie Ann Hanson, Extradited From Minnesota

The DNA was “degraded, it was low-level, it was contaminated with bacteria,” Measured at a trillionth of a gram, the team at Identifiers International was hired to extract data from the DNA sample.

  • CBS2 Chicago
  • | June 9, 2021
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Australia Exhumes the Somerton Man, and His 70-Year Mystery

This week the police disinterred a body, found on a beach in 1948, that has puzzled investigators for decades. “There’s lots of twists and turns in this case, and every turn is pretty weird,” one said.

  • New York Times
  • | May 22, 2021
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Deathbed confession, DNA match lead to suspect in 37-year-old murder of school lunch lady

PEMBROKE, Mass. — Virginia “Ginny” Hannon’s bloody 1984 murder threatened to overshadow the good memories of the beloved school lunch lady, who was known for baking treats for her neighborhood’s children and taking in stray animals. As each year passed, Hannon’s loved ones feared that they’d never learn who beat, strangled and stabbed Hannon, 59, […]

  • Fox23 News
  • | March 23, 2021
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Meriden police hold first ceremony for abandoned infant since using DNA to find mother

MERIDEN — Police and city officials Tuesday remembered David Paul, an infant found frozen to death after being abandoned in a South Meriden parking lot 33 years ago. The annual ceremony was the first since police were able to identify and speak with the mother of the infant last year thanks to advanced DNA technology.

  • Myrecordjournal
  • | January 5, 2021
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