Genetic family tree helps ID man found dead 18 years ago
, 2022-10-24 17:18:29,
Nearly two decades ago, a man was found dead in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, and with few clues to identify him, his case quickly went cold.
The man, who was believed to have fallen from a tall building, was found “in the area of Central Avenue and West Monroe Street” on Oct. 19, 2004, according to a news release from the nonprofit DNA Doe Project. The man was between 40 and 60 years old with blue eyes, gray hair and was missing many teeth.
One of the few clues investigators had to help identify the man was the surgical implant in his right ankle, the nonprofit said. However, after they could not trace the implant, the case went cold.
That is, until a handful of DNA Doe Project summer apprentices took up the case.
By tracing the man’s genetic family tree, DNA Doe Project’s…
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