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Here’s what we learned today.
A DNA search engaged in by the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Police Department, led to the arrest of a disc jockey, or DJ, in a teacher’s 1992 murder.
This undercover operation by the Lancaster PD, used DNA procured from the suspect’s gum, and water bottle in order to match up his DNA with DNA that was found on a popular genealogical website.
A Lancaster County detective has accused Raymond Charles Rowe, 49 years of age who is a popular Disc Jockey of beating Christy Mirack to death inside her home as she prepared to head to work teaching 6th grade in the year 1992.
This case had been languishing for decades, but now with the rise of various genealogical websites, the investigators decided that they would try to connect the dots.
So what they apparently did, is that they went to an elementary school believe it or not, where the suspect, Mr. Rowe, was performing. He was performing as a DJ, and they snuck over there and they got a water bottle, and some gum he had used.
Then they allegedly connected the genetic match between the water bottle and the gum, and a DNA of a relative apparently of Mr. Rowe.
It was a sufficient connection that they’ve arrested Mr. Rowe claiming that they believe he is the murderer of Miss Mirack who again, was killed in 1992.
Yet another example of these genealogical websites and the voluntary participation of relatives of alleged criminals that are bringing new cases to justice.
A very exciting and potentially controversial development where information provided by family members can cause fellow family members to go to jail for a very long time.
An interesting question posed by this new development in American science.
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