New privacy rules for genealogy DNA website could hamper cold cases


84 NEAR SNOWVILLE. OFFICERS LAUNCHED A MANHUNT FOR JONATHAN LLANA– WHOSE CAR MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION GIVEN BY THE SURVIVING VICTIM. UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS THEY FOUND LLANA ABOUT 10 MILES FROM WHERE HE CRASHED HIS CAR OUTSIDE OF BURLEY, IDAHO. THEY SAY HE BROKE INTO A HOUSE OVERNIGHT AND STOLE AN A-T-V. HE’S CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED MURDER. EMILY COLD CASES MAY BECOME HARDER TO SOLVE. THAT’S BECAUSE A POPULR D-N-A WEBSITE USED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP SOLVE CRIMES ….. IS NOW CHANGING IT’S POLICY. ABC-4’S SENIOR CRIME AND PUNISHMENT CORRESPONDENT, MARCOS ORTIZ HAS THE DETAILS. IT’S A DNA WEBSITE WELL KNOWN TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. THEY USE IT TO EXTRACT YOUR DNA THAT’S ON FILE. BUT NOW THERE’S CHANGES AND THEY NEED YOUR PERMISSION TO USE YOUR DNA THAT’S ON FILE. Voice of Karra Porter, Ut. Cold Case Coalition: “If you have an unknown culprit and is not in one of the criminal data bases….” THEN POLICE VISIT THIS WEBSITE TO FIND THEIR SUSPECT…. IT’S THE GENESIS.GEDMATC H WEBSITE, A PUBLIC DATE BASE WITH FILES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED THEIR DNA. Karra Porter, Ut. Cold Case Coalition: “Behind the scenes there have been dozens of cases that have been solved using this publicly available data base. Tony Rackauckas Orange County District Attorney “We’ve always believed, at least for many years that this case would begin and end with DNA. IT’S THE SAME DNA PROCESS THAT LED CALIFORNIA AUTHORITIES TO JOSEPH DEANGELO. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE FORMER POLICE OFFICER MURDERED TWELVE WOMEN AND AT LEAST 45-RAPES DATING BACK TO THE 1970’S HIS IDENTITY WAS NEVER KNOWN UNTIL LAW ENFORCMENT USED A PUBLIC GENEAOLOGY DATABASE TO IDENTITY HIM. IN CENTERVILLE, A 17-YEAR OLD WAS ARRESTED FOR STRANGULING A CHURCH ORGANIST. POLICE USED A DNA SEARCH ON A PUBLIC WEBSITE TO TRACK DOWN THE SUSPECT. BUT NAITONALLY THERE’S CONCERN THAT ONE’S DNA IS BEING USED WITHOUT PERMISSION. GED MATCH, ONE OF THE MOST WIDELY USED GENEOLOGY WEBSITES IS CHANGING THEIR POLICY. NOW LAW ENFORCMENT CAN ONLY USE DNA FILES WHERE PERMISSION IS GIVEN BY THE USER THAT’S WHY THE UTAH COLD CASE COALITION IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO GIVE THAT PERMISSION WITH A CLICK OF THE MOUSE. Voice of Porter: “Next to each test you have to affirmatively click on the little police badge meaning I am willing to have this test available for law enforcement to solve murders. WITHOUT THAT PERMISSION, SHE SAYS SUSPECTS LIKE THE SO- CALLED GOLDEN STATE KILLER … WILL NEVER BE FOUND Porter: “It’s going to greatly impact to do that data base to solve these murders.” FOR COMPLETE DETAILS ON THIS PROCES, VISIT OUR WEBSITE, ABC4 DOT COM, CLICK ON THIS STORY AND FOLLOW THE LINK. MARCOS ORTIZ, ABC 4 NEWS.

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