Forensics

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano gestures prior to the start of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting in Clark, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials say U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant leader who helped lead the 2017 siege of southern Marawi city and was regarded as crucial to helping the Islamic State group gain a foothold in the region. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano says Sunday, April 14, 2019 the tests confirmed that Owaida Marohombsar, also known by his nom de guerre Abu Dar, was one of four militants killed in a March 14 gunbattle that also left four soldiers dead in Lanao del Sur province. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, file)
April 14, 2019 - 8:12 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said Sunday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said...
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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, arrives for the first day of jury selection with his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on Monday, April 1, 2019. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)
April 09, 2019 - 12:40 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities found no forensic evidence that an unarmed woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer had touched the police SUV that responded to her call about a possible rape near her home, a prosecutor told jurors in the former officer's trial Tuesday. Prosecutor Patrick...
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FILE - This June, 2014, file photo shows some of the Hart family at the annual celebration of "The Goonies" movie in Astoria, Ore. Authorities in Northern California will hold a coroner's inquest to determine the manner of death for eight members of the family, whose SUV plunged off a coastal cliff last year. Mendocino County sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten says that during the two-day inquest starting Wednesday, April 3, 2019, a jury will hear from officials and experts, and decide whether the deaths of Jen and Sarah Hart and their six adopted children were accidental, a murder-suicide or undetermined. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian via AP, File)
April 03, 2019 - 5:19 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jen and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children died of broken necks after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, a forensic pathologist testified during a coroner's inquest Wednesday to help authorities classify the deaths. A jury in Willits will decide...
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This combination of images from a 1999 flyer released by the Ozark (Ala.) Police Department, shows J.B. Beasley, left, and Tracie Hawlett, who were both murdered in July 1999. Alabama authorities say a DNA match found through a genealogy website has led to an arrest in the killings of the two teen girls nearly 20 years ago. Coley McCraney, of Dothan, was arrested Saturday, March 16, 2019, on rape and capital murder charges in the deaths of Hawlett and Beasley, according to Dale County jail records. (Ozark Police Department via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 7:26 pm
OZARK, Ala. (AP) — The type of DNA analysis that led to the arrest of an Alabama truck driver and part-time preacher in two slayings nearly 20 years has become the latest trend in police work in many parts of the country, despite concerns over privacy and fairness. Ozark Police last week arrested...
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This Saturday, March 16, 2019 booking photo provided by the Dale County Sheriff's Office, shows Coley McCraney. Al.com reported McCraney, of Dothan, was arrested Saturday and charged with rape and capital murder in the 1999 deaths of 17-year-olds Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley. Ozark police and Dale County sheriff's officials are scheduled to hold a press conference about the case on Monday, March 18. Authorities in Alabama said a DNA match found through a genealogy website led to to the arrest. (Dale County Sheriff's Office via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 6:18 am
OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A truck-driving preacher accused of killing two teenage girls from Alabama nearly 20 years ago was found with the same genealogy database techniques used to apprehend the suspected "Golden State Killer" last year. Law enforcement interest in using genetic genealogy to crack cold...
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This aerial image made from video shows recovery work continuing at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south-east of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Friday, March 15, 2019. Analysis of the flight recorders has begun in France, the airline said Friday, while in Ethiopia officials started taking DNA samples from victims' family members to assist in identifying remains. (AP Photo/Yidnek Kirubel)
March 16, 2019 - 11:40 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As investigators in Paris started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet Saturday, grieving family members were given sacks of dirt to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. The French air accident investigation agency BEA...
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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer speaks during a news conference at the OCDA's office in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Cold case detectives have arrested suspects in the separate Southern California murders of a girl in 1973 and a boy in 1990, authorities said Wednesday. Both victims disappeared while walking home from school. (Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 7:39 pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators searched for decades for the killer of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from summer school in a case that gripped a California seaside community. A photo of a smiling Linda O'Keefe has hung for years on the wall of the police department...
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This pair of sketches provided by the San Francisco Police Department, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, shows what a serial killer might look like now in a cold case involving at least five stabbing deaths of gay men in the mid-1970s in San Francisco. The killer was dubbed the "Doodler" after he told a person who later became a victim and survived that he was a cartoonist. It's one of several cases being re-examined after the capture last year of the "Golden State Killer" through DNA analysis. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)
February 06, 2019 - 6:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the "Doodler" terrorized San Francisco's gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and announced a $100,000 reward for details leading to his capture. Police believe the killer stabbed...
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Robert Whitt is seen in an undated photo provided by the Orange County, NC, Sheriff’s Office. More than 20 years after the bodies of Myoung Hwa Cho, and a 10-year-old boy, Robert Whitt, were found 215 miles apart in separate states beside Interstate 85, investigators now say they were a mother and son and the boy's father has confessed to killing them. (Orange County, NC, Sheriff’s Office via AP)
February 05, 2019 - 1:36 pm
Decades after the unidentified bodies of a woman and a 10-year-old boy were found in separate states beside a Southern interstate highway, investigators now say they were a mother and son and the boy's father has confessed to killing them. The case was cracked thanks to an online DNA database, help...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2009 file photo, investigators search for human remains at a 100-acre site in Albuquerque, N.M. A decade ago, Albuquerque police began unearthing the remains of 11 women and an unborn child found buried on the city's West Mesa, marking the start of a massive homicide investigation that has yet to be resolved. On the 10th anniversary of the cold case, a small group of advocates and community members plan to gather Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, near the 2009 crime scene to remember the victims and call for more protections for marginalized and vulnerable women in New Mexico's largest city. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
February 02, 2019 - 5:43 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The notes are written on paper tags, tributes to the nine women, two teenage girls and unborn child found buried 10 years ago atop a New Mexico mesa. One bears a stick-figure angel and a message from a woman who says the victims watch over her. Another expresses hope that...
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