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- Jul 7, 2018
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Investigators extensively utilized publicly searchable genealogy websites and cross-referenced census records and obituaries to trace possible relatives. Their diligent research ultimately led them to Powers’ daughters, sister, and mother.
The emotional impact of the identification was profound, since Powers’ daughters, who were toddlers when she disappeared believed that their mother had abandoned them.
This case marks the seventh instance in which the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office has successfully used investigative genetic genealogy to identify remains in unsolved cases.
The department emphasizes that this DNA tracking method is only employed when all other avenues have been exhausted. Detectives reach out to relatives for assistance, ensuring transparency about the process and the case they are investigating.
California Cold Case: DNA identified the victim through genetic genealogy in Decades-Old Murders – USA Herald
DNA identified the victim in a cold case in California. Claudette Jean Zebolsky Powers was only 24 years old at the time of her death.