49 year old case solved through DNA evidence and genealogy

Naperville, IL police and the Will County State’s Attorney announced an arrest in the 1972 murder of 15-year-old Julie Ann Hanson.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-1972-homicide-naperville-hanson-st-20210604-wch5yl6bmjan7l4atlt3t36or4-story.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Breaking News&utm_content=861622820958#nws=true

https://abc7chicago.com/naperville-cold-case-julie-ann-hanson-murder-police-will-county/10742881/

The case was solved through DNA evidence and genealogy research. It can be done. That is, as long as a police agency does not give up on or bury a case. I’m guessing these two Illinois law enforcement agencies did not have a tiny fraction of the budget the OCCK task force did.


5 Comments on “49 year old case solved through DNA evidence and genealogy”

  1. Joe says:

    Several years ago the Feds and numerous Michigan law enforcements agencies spent well over a million dollars digging up a horse farm in Milford, Michigan looking for Jimmy Hoffa. As I recall, they acted on a weak tip.

  2. Mary DeYoung says:

    Well done, Naperville. And here’s another one from Boston~based not on DNA, but tips. And a family that would not give up.

    https://www.bostonherald.com/2021/06/03/person-of-interest-named-in-molly-bish-case/

  3. Dale says:

    Not sure how else to contact you, Cathy, but I was looking at a December 30, 1977 Daily Tribune and saw that the lead story was “More Tips Erased From (OCCK) Task Force Computer; Budget Officials Blamed.” Can be found at ropltribune.org.

    • cathybroad says:

      Thanks, Dale. Budget officials—right. Unless it is something confidential/personal, it is better to post here. That way insights/observations can be shared with all readers.


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