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Forensic Genealogy Used in Miami County Unsolved Homicides?

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My brother Jeremy Mentillo is a Retired New York State Police Investigator and has had the fortunate opportunity of working inside the homicide division, years ago.

He would often state to me how he could not believe all the cold case (unsolved homicides) files that were unsolved, and tucked-away with no further leads.

He was never able to discuss these events during his tenure there regarding such cases, but due to my own interest in this area (primarily because of the subject matter, consisting of unsolved mysteries, murder, horror, and true-crime) as a writer, author, and journalist I did occasionally press him with information after one of them were solved, so I could possibly write about it later. Unfortunately, this never worked either. He was extremely good at keeping his mouth shut, no matter what. I guess sometimes you need to respect a guy like that - so dedicated to his work and all.

Anyway, needless to say, what I did instead was eventually I took very old (victorian, true-crime cases) and intertwined them with true tales of horror stories, thus became the inception of what others started calling, the"True-Fiction Genre."

I took these tales along with my own rather demented nightmares, and own occurrences, events, and began writing about them on the Internet. Eventually, everyone liked reading them, so I merged this writing, and produced several published books. They were all bestsellers, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Despite running into some brick walls, I never stopped writing about such material, but I did have some legal issues concerning some publishing companies during that time, which left a bad taste in my mouth. So what's new right?  

It wasn't until I discovered FolksPaper here that I was able to continue such writings on a professional level. Thanks to this publication here on, and their honest business practices, I was finally able to expand and branch out into writing more, involving true-crime, etc. I feel very blessed as a result. And what is even better now is the fact my brother is more than happy now to spend the time accommodating me with research, involving various other cold cases. A win-win situation.

Today I would like to introduce to you an interesting 'cold case' involving The Miami County Sheriff's Office. I hope you enjoy it:

The Miami County Sheriff's Office will be reexamining complete evidence from unsolved homicides using forensic genealogy, a technology that identified a homicide victim who, for years, was recognized as the Buckskin Girl.

Jane Doe no more: Miami County Sheriff IDs cold case victim years later: 

All foreign hair specimens, even those without a root bulb, can now be registered into the Combined DNA Index System CODIS.

Before now, hair samples had to have a root bulb to give a DNA pattern that was searchable within the database.

This advancement is not without the talents of Dr. Ed Green, a paleo-geneticist from the University of California.

Buckskin Girl was one of the first in the country identified with this technology, named in April as Marcia King of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her remains were discovered along Greenlee Road west of Troy, in April.

Miami County sheriff's detectives have been able to pin down King's whereabouts, relationships, and other vital information in the weeks preceding up to her discovery after identifying her.  

DNA data can now also be applied to search offender databases used strictly for law enforcement purposes. 

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