Another genealogical cold-case murder solved.

From today’s Denver Post:

In what may be the first DNA genealogical cold-case murder solved in Colorado, a man who died seven years ago has been identified as a suspect who picked up an 18-year-old hitchhiker and bludgeoned her to death in August 1981.

Donald Steven Perea, who died in 2012, killed Jeannie Moore, 18, and dumped her body in 1981 in Genesee Park in Jefferson County, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said.

“While we would have preferred to place handcuffs on the suspect, we hope knowing who and where he is brings them some degree of closure,” Shrader said during a news conference at the sheriff’s office in Golden.

Investigators ultimately used a DNA sample provided by Perea’s daughter to confirm that he killed and sexually assaulted Moore.

“Further investigation led investigators to identify Perea as being 3.3 trillion times more likely than anyone else to have committed the murder,” Shrader said.

Investigators used familial DNA to identify suspect in 1981 murder of teen hitchhiker

See, it’s not impossible.

7 Comments on “Another genealogical cold-case murder solved.”

  1. maggiep1958 says:

    Glad to see justice done in that case

  2. bitamoney says:

    This is the way it’s going to go, in a big way from now on.

  3. jkaneh says:

    Not impossible at all unless the idiots who hold the unsolved case decides they don’t want to.



  4. cstanislaw says:

    Genetic genealogy is the key to solving the cases my father committed. I am a genetic witness. I have placed my DNA into GEDmatch and FamilyTreeDNA, both sites are excellent and give the Opt-In option for Law Enforcement. Please see; . This non-profit organization is committed to getting the information to LE and the public on the importance of and how to become a genetic witness. God bless.

  5. swimmerfriend says:

    It is not impossible. I’m oversensitized likely from the documentary, but it does seem like more of these unsolved and long-ago tragedies are seeing the light of day again.

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  6. 180daysofkindergarten says:

    Hi. I just read the Kill Jar and am trying to process all of the information. I was an Oakland County kid during this whole tragedy and have searched for information over the years. I searched at one point during the Helen stuff and have not paid too much attention until I came upon “The Kill Jar” in the back corner of a book store. I live on the West Coast. I’m still trying to process all of the information in the Kill Jar. Can you point me in a direction to go next? I see WDIV has podcasts but I don’t trust the news. Does Mr King have podcasts or is his information elsewhere. Thank you for doing what you are doing to keep this out there. People care. Really care and the level of sickness is unfathomable.

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