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UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Caldwell man arrested as suspect in 1996 rape, murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA and a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

DNA, family tree help solve 52-year-old Seattle murder case

Seattle police said Tuesday they have solved a murder from nearly 52 years ago with the help of DNA and a family tree – a method that has revolutionized cold-case …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 10:19 p.m.

Man arrested in 1994 strangling death of Vancouver woman

An Oregon man was arrested on suspicion of murder with sexual motivation in the death of a Vancouver woman found strangled in her bed nearly 25 years ago. Investigators have …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:01 a.m.

Murder trial in Washington highlights growing use of genetic genealogy to solve cold cases

A cold case murder trial in Snohomish County will be the first to include genetic genealogy as an investigative tool as law enforcement embraces technology to solve crimes.


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 9:32 a.m.

Vancouver woman’s DNA leads to arrest in 1979 Iowa killing

A Vancouver woman unknowingly provided critical DNA information that led police to arrest a distant relative in a 39-year-old homicide case in Iowa.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

High profile arrest led Alabama police to genealogy testing

A truck-driving preacher accused in the killing of two teenage girls from Alabama decades ago was found with the same genealogy database techniques that were used to identify a suspect …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Spokane cold cases solved: Detectives planned to arrest sheriff’s deputy for 1967 killings. He died last week.

A former Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was under investigation for the cold case murders of three women – two of them believed to be pregnant – in the summer of …


Could podcast on mysterious killing of Zachary Lamb help solve Spokane cold case?

The podcast begins where Zachary Lamb’s life ended – on the historic streets of the lower South Hill, just outside of his apartment at 10th Avenue and Elm Street.


Genealogy database, gum help convict DJ in ‘92 killing

A popular DJ pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 after being identified as a suspect as a result of DNA a relative had submitted to …


Suspect in 24-year-old unsolved Boise homicide arrested for cold case homicide in Washington

A Boise man was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder Wednesday night in connection with a homicide in Washington from 1992.


Another decades-old Tacoma murder solved? Suspected killer of 12-year-old Michella Welch arrested

Possibly solving a second high-profile cold case murder in two months, Tacoma police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of killing 12-year-old Michella Welch more than three decades ago.


Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

A genealogy website helps crack another cold case, police say, this one a 1987 double homicide

Since 1987, police had received more than 300 names from tipsters who thought they had information about the couple’s alleged killer. William Earl Talbott II was not on that list. …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Man arrested in 1987 killing of couple in Washington state

New DNA technology has led to the arrest of a 55-year-old man in the killing of a young Canadian couple in Washington state more than three decades ago, police said.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Unsolved 1990 Clarkston homicide case reopened

Nearly 30 years after she was found stabbed to death in her family’s Clarkston home, Toni Tedder’s unsolved homicide case has been reopened.


New suspect images released in 1991 Federal Way murder

Authorities hope images created from DNA evidence will help solve a murder that has stumped them for more than a quarter-century.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Pasco killing suspect accused of rape, kidnapping in Spokane in 1999

When Theodore Milam, 54, was released from jail late last year in Spokane County, his DNA was uploaded to a nationwide law enforcement database. On Jan. 31, it found two …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Man arrested in 1989 rape, murder of teen near Bellingham

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a teenager near Bellingham nearly 30 years ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Murder charge dismissed against ex-Pasco cop accused in 1986 Spokane homicide

A murder charge against a former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane woman in 1986 was dropped Wednesday as a result of DNA evidence.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Slaying that haunted family for decades now linked to racism

When 23-year-old Timothy Coggins was found dead and disfigured beside a Georgia highway in 1983, the young black man’s family and neighbors whispered that his killing may be linked to …


Nebraska attorney general: 1937 killings of 2 lawmen solved

It was a phone call urging renewed scrutiny of the unsolved 1937 killings of two eastern-central Nebraska lawmen that helped lead to a re-examination and solving of the case, Nebraska …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

Political infighting between Spokane police, prosecutors, medical examiner leaves death investigations unsolved

A unusual dispute between investigators, prosecutors and the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office regarding the findings of a 2012 autopsy has allowed a man linked to two Spokane killings to …


Police arrest two in case of man who vanished 34 years ago

Authorities say a Sultan man and Leavenworth woman have been arrested in the death of a man who disappeared 34 years ago.


Spokane County has identified one missing person using amateur sleuth’s help

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office works with Carl Koppelman to create likenesses of unidentified remains.


California man’s hobby is identifying missing people through his drawings

Someone shot a teenager in the forehead and left her in a frigid cornfield in Caledonia, New York. Her body was found Nov. 10, 1979. She had tan lines suggesting …


Sheriff: Suspect in Righteous Brothers wife slaying is dead

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said investigators believe Kenneth Eugene Troyer was responsible for the January 1976 slaying of Karen Klaas. She was attacked Jan. 30, 1976 as she …


DNA match brings arrests in two California girls’ 1973 killings

Decades-old DNA led to the arrests Tuesday of two men in connection with the shotgun slayings of two girls in California more than 40 years ago, authorities said.


Trial will go ahead for ex-Pasco police officer charged with killing prostitute

The ex-Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute in 1986 will proceed to trial after a judge ruled Friday against his attorney’s motion to drop charges.


Remains identified as Tacoma man missing since 1968

After more than 40 years, Jefferson County investigators have identified a set of skeletal remains found in 1975 as a man who disappeared in 1968.


Ex-Pasco officer charged with tampering with a witness in murder trial

A former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute 29 years ago is now suspected of trying to find his former girlfriend and interfere with her cooperation with …