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Using DNA and Genealogy Databases to Solve Cold Cases

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By Leischen Steltereditor of In Public Safety

After law enforcement used DNA and a genetic genealogy database to identify the Golden State Killer, there has been growing interest in how this investigative technique can help solve other cold cases.

[Related: Identifying the Golden State Killer: Investigator Details Role of Ancestry Site]

American Military University’s criminal justice program director, Dr. Chuck Russo, discusses the potential of using this innovative investigative technique, as well as the challenges agencies face in determining the best way to submit suspect DNA to genealogy databases. Listen to the full podcast to learn more about the manpower required to apply this technique, the financial investment, and the legal challenges that may lie ahead.

Leischen Kranick is a Managing Editor at AMU Edge. She has 15 years of experience writing articles and producing podcasts on topics relevant to law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, private security, and national security.

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