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How your at-home DNA test results could solve cold cases

For the past few decades, forensic DNA matching techniques have been used to make direct matches between a sample taken at a crime scene and a suspect who has been identified in a database. “But if you didn’t get a match, the DNA couldn’t tell you anything else,” said Ellen Greytak, director of bioinformatics at Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company based in Reston, Virginia. “What we’re doing at Parabon is essentially saying: There’s a lot more information in DNA.”

Police: DNA links 3 deaths to killer who died in 1999

An Arkansas man who killed himself during a 1999 police standoff at a Missouri motel was a killer and rapist who strangled a South Carolina woman in 1990 and gunned down a Missouri mother and daughter eight years later, authorities said Friday.

Sheriff’s Office creates cold case unit

When unsolved cases are mentioned, Julie Weflen – a missing Bonneville Power Administration worker – is often the first name that comes to mind for Spokane-area residents. Spokane County sheriff’s detectives have been working on Weflen’s case for 25 years. Hers is just one of 45 unsolved cases, the oldest one occurring in 1948, that remain open.

Murder case goes to judge

Patrick Kevin Gibson made big money robbing banks. A dozen gunpoint heists in the 1990s netted him $850,000. He was a professional robber who didn’t need to bother with a small-time holdup at a furniture store, claims the attorney representing him in a murder trial.

TV host’s DNA sample delays Spokane murder trial

The last-minute discovery that a famous TV host and an actor handled a hat worn by a killer sought in Spokane since 1992 has temporary halted the trial of a man jailed for more than a year.

TV host’s DNA at issue in Spokane County murder trial

The last-minute discovery that a famous TV show host and an actor handled a hat worn by a killer sought in Spokane County since 1992 could derail the trial of a man arrested for the crime last year. DNA samples from “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh and the actor, Spokane County native Trevor St. John, have been processed at the Washington State Crime Lab and could be presented as evidence in the trial of suspect Patrick Kevin Gibson.