Stacey Lyn Chahorski: Killer of Michigan woman who was missing for 33 years identified using genealogy technology, investigators say
, 2022-09-06 23:00:00,
Stacey Lyn Chahorski was reported missing in January 1989, but it took more than three decades for investigators to determine that a body found in Dade County, Georgia, in December 1988 belonged to her, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced earlier this year.
Now, her killer has been identified as Henry Fredrick “Hoss” Wise, a truck driver who drove through Dade County on his regular trucking route, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Office Keri Farley said during a news conference Tuesday.
Chahorski’s case is “the first time that we know of that investigative genealogy was used to identify both the victim and the killer in the same case,” Farley noted.
“Investigators found what was believed to be the killer’s DNA at the (crime) scene, but for years it could not be linked to the person,” Farley said.
Investigators with the GBI and the FBI were able to link Wise to Chahorski’s killing by enlisting the help of Othram, a Texas-based laboratory credited with helping solve a lengthy list of other cold cases. Othram also helped authorities identify Chahorski’s remains.
After Othram received a positive result from genealogy DNA analysis of the crime scene evidence, Georgia investigators began interviewing potential family members…
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