The DNA Doe Project has made a tentative identification of Clark County John Doe. We are unable to release his name or details of his life until law enforcement is able to provide confirmation.
We would like to thank Clark County ID Sheriff Bart May, Dr. Kate Reedy and Dr. Samantha Blatt of Department of Anthropology Idaho State University, Dr. Amy Michael of UNH Anthropology, Othram Inc., Full Genomes Corporation, Inc, Dr. Gregory Magoon at Aerodyne Research, DNA Solutions, GEDmatch, Family Tree DNA, the Dyer Family Foundation, generous donors, and our team of dedicated DDP volunteers.
Anyone with information on this case should contact:
Clark County Sheriff Bart May
See our previous post for information on this case:
Have you seen this incredible case that was recently solved after a fisherman found what appeared to be a piece of a human skull in a Washington river?
Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office announced in August that they identified Daniel Cleveland, 35, as "Big Bend John Doe." Cleveland was known to struggle with mental illness and was possibly suicidal, but his cause of death is still unknown.
Although authorities already believed the palm-sized piece of human skull found on the banks of a Washington river belonged to Cleveland, his identity was confirmed through a DNA profile developed through an Oklahoma lab (likely DNA Solutions, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).
Deb Stone, from Oregon, performed the genetic genealogical analysis through GEDmatch. During her research, available matches dropped from over one million to zero after GEDmatch changed to a new "opt-in" policy. This unfortunate event increased required research efforts and prolonged the discovery of Cleveland's identity.
Eventually, after narrowing the results, authorities asked his parents to complete DNA analysis to confirm.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Daniel Cleveland on their loss.
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The DNA Doe Project has made a positive identification in the case of Philadelphia Jane Doe. We’re unable to share details at this time while the investigation is pending.
We thank DNA Solutions, Inc., Dr. Gregory Magoon for bioinformatics, Full Genomes Corporation, Inc, GEDmatch, FTDNA, and our team of dedicated DDP volunteers.
We extend our appreciation and condolences to the family for their cooperation and assistance during this painful time.
Anyone with information on this case should contact:
Philadelphia County Medical Examiner’s Office
Seth Ditizio, Medicolegal Death Investigator
See our previous post for information on this case: https://www.facebook.com/DNADoeProject/posts/2230060803919359
The DNA Doe Project is happy to share the news along with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Texas that Orange Socks Jane Doe has been identified as Debra Jackson. It was our honor to be a part of this search since April 2018. There have been many challenges. It was a difficult process to obtain sufficient DNA for usable data to upload to GEDmatch. We were further challenged when the two databases we rely on for genetic genealogical research were suddenly reduced in size by a change in their terms of service.
We were in the process of narrowing our genealogical search, when the recent publication of the new sketch by forensic artist, Natalie Murry, caught the attention of a family member. The relative was too distant for traditional CODIS testing to confirm the identification. However, DNA Doe Project was able to assist in the identification by testing the relative with a direct-to-consumer DNA test. That identification was supported by additional DNA matches we had already found on GEDmatch.
DNA Doe Project wishes to thank our team of DNA experts, our dedicated volunteer genealogists, our labs, and the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Texas for entrusting us with this case.
With deep gratitude, the DNA Doe Project (DDP) announces the identification of “Vicky Dana Jane Doe” as Dana Nicole Lowrey from Minden, Louisiana Louisiana.
On 10 March 2007, a man collecting cans along Victory Road in Grand Prairie Township, Marion County, Ohio found the body of a young woman. In September 2016 Shawn Grate, a suspected Ohio serial killer, confessed to abducting and stabbing the young white female and tossing her body along the road. He said the young woman had been conducting door-to-door sales and claimed she allegedly cheated his mother. Grate became angry and killed her. He believed her name could have been Diane, Diana, or Dana. Dana Nicole Lowrey was 23 years old at the time of her death.
Since February 2019, the DNA Doe Project has worked closely with the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and Major Christy Utley on this case. The lab received Dana's sample in March and our DDP team received her files on 13 May 2019.
Earlier today (4 June 2019) the MCSO hosted a press conference detailing the investigation, the partnership with DDP, and subsequent confirmation of Dana's identity. We thank the MCSO for their consummate professionalism and for entrusting us with this special case.
We extend our appreciation to DNA Solutions, Inc. for their lab and bioinformatics expertise. Thank you to Carl Koppelman for sharing his facial approximation.
Special thanks to our incredible team of dedicated DDP volunteers who have persevered on this and other cases, despite the challenges we have encountered since beginning Dana's case.
Above all, thank you to GEDmatch, and to those generous genetic genealogy participants who have completed DNA kits and are uploading and opting-in there. We see you! Without you, these cases would have little chance of reaching a successful conclusion. Please continue to educate and advocate for people to upload to FTDNA and gedmatch.com and opt-IN.
We extend our condolences to Dana’s family.
Identification announcement of Vicky Dana Jane Doe
MCSO's News Page: http://www.co.marion.oh.us/sheriff
MCSO's Facebook Page: ( Marion Sheriff Ohio ) https://www.facebook.com/Marion.County.Sheriffs.Office/
DNA Doe Project: http://dnadoeproject.org/case/vicky-dana-doe/