How a genealogy test helped find Jack Fay’s killer


(HE) ALSO NEW AT SIX — WE’RE HEARING FROM THE CO-FOUNDER OF THE GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH COMPANY, THAT WARWICK POLICE SAY HELPED THEM CRACK THIS CASE. (MM) TARGET 12— CONSUMER INVESTIGATOR SUSAN CAMPBELL CONTINUES OUR TEAM COVERAGE, WITH NEW INFORMATION ON —-HOW THE D-N-A IN THIS CASE WAS OBTAINED AND LINKED TO THE SUSPECT. THE DNA WAS THERE… AT THE CRIME SCENE AND UNDER THE VICTIM’S FINGERNAILS. BUT UNTIL RECENTLY… THERE WAS NOTHING TO MATCH IT TO. NOW – WE KNOW POLICE TRACKED DOWN THE ALLEGED KILLER BECAUSE HIS SECOND COUSIN TWICE REMOVED USED A DNA TEST KIT. MICHAEL SOARES DOESN’T HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD.. SO HIS DNA WASN’T IN THE SYSTEM. BUT WARWICK POLICE SAY… WITH THE HELP OF A GENEOLOGICAL RESEARCH COMPANY CALLED IDENTIFINDERS INTERNATIONAL… THEY WERE ABLE TO LINK HIM TO THE BRUTAL KILLING OF JACK FAY. sc – HOW DOES THIS TECHNOLOGY WORK? 00:01:38 basically it’s very similar to direct to consumer testing where you would send a sample in and try to find your cousins or your aunts and uncles.. :47 COLLEEN FITZPATRICK IS THE FOUNDER OF IDENTIFINDERS INTERNATIONAL… A CALIFORNIA-BASED COMPANY. SHE SAYS… SHE’S BEEN WORKING ON THE CASE FOR MONTHS.. BUT GOT A BREAK WHEN ONE OF THE LARGEST CONSUMER DNA TESTING COMPANIES… FAMILY TREE DNA OPENED ITS DATABASE TO A THIRD-PARTY FREE GENEAOLOGY WEBSITE CALLED GEDMATCH. 00:03:06 new match that came up was a second cousin twice removed. it was a distant relative, but in building that tree out, it popped! :15 LAST WEEK… THE PRESIDENT OF FAMILYTREE DNA ADMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE FBI TO HELP SOLVE VIOLENT CRIMES. IN A STATEMENT.. THE COMPANY SAID “…customers have the ability to opt out of the matching feature in their account settings.” SC – are there privacy concerns? 00:06:14 I’m not too alarmed but I do know there are privacy concerns. 00:05:21 it’s data. It’s the same to me as if say I appear in a picture on fb that my cousin uploaded.. of my grandma’s birthday party :34 I happen to be dragged along in social media without wanting to. :42 LAST YEAR… GEDMATCH WAS THE KEY TO CRACKING THE CASE OF THE ACCUSED GOLDEN STATE KILLER… A SERIAL KILLER THAT TERRORIZED CALIFORNIA IN THE 80S AND 90S. WITH THE TARGET 12 INVESTIGATORS, SC EWN.

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