James Neal, of Monument, has been accused of killing 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe in Newport Beach, Calif., in 1973


Linda disappeared July 6, 1973. She was seen walking home from summer school, and her body was found the next day. Enter Article DATE HERE COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado man arrested after DNA tied him to the 1973 killing of an 11-year-old California girl has yet to decide if he will fight extradition.. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 72-y...
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Regional police records system ‘a disaster’ as costs mount for Portland police

The ambitious project, though, was beset by problems from the start, with officers complaining that the new system was too cumbersome and complicated to use Enter Article DATE HERE Seven years after it was touted as an innovative electronic records system to manage police reports from 40 police agencies for sharing, the RegJIN program now has ...
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Auburn man charged with rape and murder in 1993 Alaska cold case

Police in Alaska said DNA evidence linked Downs to the crime. February 16, 2019 AUBURN — A 44-year-old Auburn man was arrested Friday and charged with the rape and murder of a woman in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1993. Maine State Police arrested Steven H. Downs in connection with the slaying of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie in April 1993 at the University o...
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Detectives Solve Decades-Old Cold Case Using Public DNA Database

To catch him, law enforcement agencies tapped into the increasingly popular field of consumer DNA testing ; they searched a free online database where anyone can share data from at-home genetic tests to hunt for familial matches. February 1, 2019 Detectives in Oregon solved a 40-year-old cold case with the help a popular ancestry and genealogy data...
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Investigators use genetic genealogy to solve 1983 cold case sexual battery on 12-year-old girl

The suspect, William Louis Nichols, had previously been charged with rape in his home state of Wisconsin Enter Article DATE HERE Authorities in Florida have linked a suspect to a 1983 cold case of sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl using genetic genealogy , an investigative technology that uses an unknown suspect's DNA to trace his or her fa...
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Ex-police tech admits stealing drugs from evidence locker, affecting dozens of cases

It was the second instance of drug thefts at the Billings locker in roughly three years. February 1, 2019 Rawlyn Michelle Strizich pleaded guilty to tampering with public records or information in Yellowstone County District Court on Friday. Under a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend a six-year deferred imposition of sentence and will automatica...
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Murdered 20-year-old woman finally identified 31 years later

Enter Headline here February 6, 2019 Southern California cold case investigators announced this week a breakthrough in identifying a 1987 stabbing victim whose hands had been hacked off by her killer. The investigators identified the Jane Doe homicide victim as Tracey Hobson after 31 years using "forensic genealogy techniques," according to the Ora...
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Portland Police Solve 40-Year-Old Cold Case Murder With DNA Match (Genealogy)


Detectives used forensic genealogy to map familial lines through DNA collected from the crime scene January 31, 2019 Portland's Cold Case Homicide Detail announced the identification of the person it says is responsible for the 40-year-old murder case of Anna Marie Hlavka. Twenty-year-old Hlavka was found dead after being sexually assaulted in her ...
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Fremont cold-case killing solved through familial DNA

The DNA technology company used family trees and narrowed in on Guerrero as a suspect. January 24, 2019 In December 1990, Upton was a manager at the Safeway in Fremont's Irvington neighborhood. Co-workers said he was dependable and was always prompt. "One day, he didn't show up," Blas said. "They got a little bit concerned. Next day he didn't show ...
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Fired police chief bullied others, ignored bad evidence locker, termination letter says

Hired a felon as an officer and supplied a gun to a code enforcement officer who failed a psychological exam. Enter Article DATE HERE The termination letter for former Atwater Police Chief Samuel Joseph alleges he did not properly secure the department's evidence locker, routinely bullied or threatened subordinates, hired a felon as an officer...
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Rape suspect arrested in 1990s cold cases after familial DNA leads investigators to twin brother

In August 2018, investigators, partnering with the FBI's Investigative Genealogy Team , submitted DNA f January 12, 2019 Investigators have arrested a man on suspicion of raping two victims — a 9-year-old girl walking home from the store and a woman jogger, both 1990s cold cases from Orange County — after genealogical data led them to the suspect's...
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Sheriff Thompson: Evidence room audit complete, new sheriff briefed on current operations

It was discovered that drug evidence had been stolen from our secure facility. Enter Article DATE HERE This message is to communicate to the Weber County public that I have served of the successful completion of our year-long property/evidence room audit, review and inspection. If you recall, in January 2018, it was discovered that a civilian ...
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Sheriff's Property Technician - Salinas, CA

Salary:  **$3,416.57-$4,666.65 p/m (see below for more details) Job Requirements: The Sheriff 's Office is comprised of the Administration, Corrections and Enforcement Operation Bureaus. The Sheriff's Office delivers public safety to the residents of Monterey County by providing 24-hour uniformed patrol, investigations, custody services, court...
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Jail ordered for Utah sheriff's employee who stole, ate meth from evidence room

Follum told investigators with the county attorney's office that she had become addicted while working there and stole drugs from evidence over three years December 19, 2018 OGDEN — A Weber County sheriff's employee who compromised 20 criminal cases when she stole and used meth that was being held as evidence carried out a "devastating" violation o...
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Handgun reported stolen in 1990 found atop Seattle police officer’s locker

Seattle police were unable to take any action against now-retired Officer Carl Matsumoto after he denied he improperly kept the gun December 6, 2018 On March 9, 2017, a Seattle police officer clearing space above his locker in the South Precinct tried to slide a nylon duffel bag sitting atop the locker next to his. It was too heavy, so he lifted it...
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Rock Springs Police Evidence Room Maintains Accreditation

The award of the IAPE Accreditation was the result of a multi-step process that included the assessment Enter Article DATE HERE ROCK SPRINGS — According to Chief Dwane Pacheco, the Rock Springs Police Evidence Room Maintains IAPE Accreditation. After completing the International Property and Evidence Room Annual Review, the Rock Springs Police...
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23 Years After Her Dad’s Murder, Retired Redondo Beach Police Officers Crack The Case (DNA)


Ted Emery was fatally shot in a parking lot after shopping for groceries in 1995. December 1, 2018 REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA) — Two retired Redondo Beach police officers have cracked a cold case more than 20 years after a man was shot and killed during a grocery run in the South Bay city. Ted Emery was fatally shot in a parking lot after shopping for gr...
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Victim’s Sister In 1973 Cold Case Homicide Speaks At Suspect Arraignment (DNA - Genealogy)


Arthur Getreu, 74, was arrested in Hayward on Nov. 20 after Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies found a match on his DNA through an online genealogy database November 26, 2018 Arthur Getreu, 74, was arrested in Hayward on Nov. 20 after Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies found a match on his DNA through an online genealogy database. He has been...
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Tracy police name victim’s cousin as suspect in 2009 homicide cold case (DNA)


Authorities said Mason died in a vehicle accident in 2015, a year before he was identified as the homicide suspect. November 20, 2018 TRACY — The Tracy Police Department has closed an almost decade-old homicide cold case, but said the suspect is dead. Police announced this week that 72-year-old James Mason is the lone suspect in the killing of his ...
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Deputy accused of stealing from people he arrested sentenced to 3 years probation


Bermudez didn't book it into the sheriff's property room and tried to pocket the money. November 28, 2018 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A sentence was handed down for Edward Bermudez, a former Kern County Sheriff's deputy accused of stealing from the people he arrested. Bermudez was sentenced to three years probation. The sheriff's office says Bermudez was...
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