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Back to Port Orchard: Police Reveal Unknown DNA May Lead to Linda Malcom’s Killer

Editor’s Note: This is the eleventh episode in Season 3 of Break the Case. Listen to the first episode.

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Jen Bucholtz recently returned to Port Orchard, Washington to conduct additional on-the-ground investigation and meet with law enforcement officials.

Ambient light from a street light is enough to see the entrance to Linda Malcom’s driveway, but the area where Linda’s house once stood (currently blocked by a new fence and hedges) has minimal ambient light, just like when Linda’s house was there. (Picture courtesy of J. Bucholtz, 2024)

In this episode, hear her observations about Linda’s house and neighborhood at night. Listeners will also hear from one of Linda’s best friends, Robin, as she recalls memories of her friend and her thoughts on the murder.

Jen and George provide updates on their recent meeting with the Police Chief at the Port Orchard Police Department. They share the revelation that police had collected unknown DNA from the crime scene and investigators are currently using investigative genetic genealogy to identify the owner of that DNA. Does it belong to Linda’s killer? The team hopes to soon have an answer to that.

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Jennifer Bucholtz

Jennifer Bucholtz is a former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent and a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice, a master of arts in criminal justice and a master of science in forensic sciences. Bucholtz has an extensive background in U.S. military and Department of Defense counterintelligence operations. Bucholtz has also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses in criminal justice and forensic sciences. Additionally, she is a sworn civilian investigator for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and host of AMU’s investigative podcast Break the Case. You can contact her at

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