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DNA helps RPD make arrest in 30-year-old cold case murder

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police have arrested a man in connection with a murder that took place more than 30 years ago.

The man was serving time in New Jersey for another crime when his DNA led Richmond Police to him. DNA evidence wasn’t around when the crime took place decades ago, but some of the evidence collected did have DNA, which ultimately led police to a man named James Copeland.

The crime goes back to August 1987, after 51-year-old Roberta Poortje was found stabbed to death inside her home off Stuart Avenue. The murder left some neighbors shaken in what was and still is a quiet neighborhood.

According to Richmond officials, Poortje sold jewelry out of her house, and robbery was thought to be the motive for her murder.

For decades, the crime has gone unsolved. That is until a few years ago, when DNA

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‘My heart just dropped;’ USF project helps solve cold case

TAMPA — At the University of South Florida they’ve taught detectives how to use sculpture to help solve cold cases. The human busts are constructed from a skull, some clay and few of any clues.

Recently, one of those busts helped solve the case of a missing Tampa woman. But not exactly the way they had planned.

It all started a year ago this month, when Sharon Scott broke down in tears after seeing one of the cold case sculptures of an unknown murder victim on display in Tampa. To her, it looked an awful lot like her long lost sister, Brenda Williams, who had vanished in 1978.

“I don’t know if it’s probable,” Tampa Detective Scott Bullard said at the time, “The time difference there is seven years between the disappearance and the time that

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New DNA technology advances helps find alleged murderer in 2009 cold case – KPLC

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) –

Monica Quaal handles DNA from crime scenes across southwest Louisiana.

“We just take evidence from law enforcement agencies they collect at the scene and then we take samples from it,” said Quaal the DNA technical leader at the southwest Louisiana Crime Lab. 

It’s samples Quaal tries to find a match for and she has been working on a case for the past seven years. The 2009 Sierra Bouzigard cold case.

The DNA had been placed in CODIS, a DNA database, but a match was never found.

But back in 2015, Quaal discovered something that would lead to the break in the Bouzigard case investigators needed.

“Our laboratory watched it on a webinar and then we thought of this case and went to discuss it with the agency,” Quaal said. 

They discovered Parabon Nanolabs – a Virginia-based DNA technology company.
 
“Of

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Fundraiser helps raise reward in unsolved murder

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. —  Friends, family, and community members gathered to remember 19-year-old Jordan Valero, Sunday, one day before the one year anniversary of his murder.

Jordan Valero was shot and killed in his Bonita Springs home on July 10th, 2016. His Family continues fighting for justice, as his killer remains at large. 

The family held a community event at the Riverside Park, just a few blocks away from his murder, aiming to increase the SWFL Crime Stoppers reward money for information that could help crack his case. “He’s an all around good kid, full of love,” said his uncle Jose Galarza.

Galarza tells Fox 4 it has been a tough year since the murder. However, they hope the event not only raises money for the cause, but inspires other victimized families to take action and seek justice for their loved ones. “There isn’t a playbook that says this is how you deal when

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Fundraiser helps raise reward in unsolved murder – Fox 4 Now …

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. —  Friends, family, and community members gathered to remember 19-year-old Jordan Valero, Sunday, one day before the one year anniversary of his murder.

Jordan Valero was shot and killed in his Bonita Springs home on July 10th, 2016. His Family continues fighting for justice, as his killer remains at large. 

The family held a community event at the Riverside Park, just a few blocks away from his murder, aiming to increase the SWFL Crime Stoppers reward money for information that could help crack his case. “He’s an all around good kid, full of love,” said his uncle Jose Galarza.

Galarza tells Fox 4 it has been a tough year since the murder. However, they hope the event not only raises money for the cause, but inspires other victimized families to take action and seek justice for their loved ones. “There isn’t a playbook that says this is how you deal when

Read more at: http://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/fundraiser-helps-raise-reward-in-unsolved-murder

How old evidence helps crack cold cases – The San Diego Union

For the last 15 years, Sedra Jefferson-Ivory has called the latest detective assigned to her brother’s cold case, hoping for good news.

She rarely got it.

Then she spoke with Troy DuGal, a seasoned homicide detective who was relatively new to the cold case unit. Jefferson-Ivory said there was something in his voice, a determination, that gave her hope.

“It sounded like he was really digging in,” she said. “That he was going to do this.”

Forgotten glove helps crack 31-year-old cold case – The San Diego … – The San Diego Union

A dogged detective and a forgotten glove helped investigators arrest the suspect in a Lemon Grove stabbing death — 31 years later, a sheriff’s official said Monday.

On Oct. 11, 1986, a passer-by walking through a Lemon Grove field about 7:05 a.m. stumbled on the bloodied body of 20-year-old Cyrus Jefferson.

Witnesses linked Stacy Littleton, a 20-year-old Encanto man, to the death, and he was arrested days later. But when detectives presented the case to District Attorney’s Office investigators, they didn’t feel there was enough evidence to charge Littleton with murder.

They let him go and the case went cold.

Spit on sidewalk helps officials solve cold case murder, rape of women

After avoiding arrest for six years following his alleged crime, police finally nabbed an accused murderer after he spat on the sidewalk.

Officials linked the DNA left on the street by Geovanni Borjas, 32, to the rape and murder of a teenage girl and a young woman.

The bodies of 17-year-old Michelle Lozano and 22-year-old Bree’Anna Guzman were found by the freeway in Los Angeles in 2011, KTLA reports.

Photo: KTLA

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced the arrest on Tuesday, calling the crimes “horrifying.”

“DNA collection at the time of arrest allowed us to connect this monster to the deaths of these two young women,” Beck said at a news conference.

Borjas has been charged with two counts of murder and forcible rape and one count of kidnapping, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. He pleaded not guilty in criminal court in downtown L.A.

Lozano vanished around Easter

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Chewing Gum Helps Solve 35-Year-Old Cold Case Murder

DNA extracted from a 35-year-old piece of chewing gum helped detectives connect the dots in the murder of a mother in her apartment in England. Nova Welsh was found dead in the storage cupboard three weeks after her family moved to Miami.

“We were trying to reach her to confirm that we had arrived safely, but we could never get any answer,” said Valerie Welsh, the victim’s sister.

The father of her children, Osmond Bell, was arrested in 1981 in connection to Welsh’s death, but he was later released due to insufficient evidence. Welsh’s sister was not convinced Bell was innocent, because she said Bell was a possessive ex-boyfriend.

Years later, British police re-opened the case and focused on a piece of bubble gum used to seal the lock on the storage cupboard in which Welsh’s body was found. DNA from the gum matched with Bell’s, and forensic scientists

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Focus on NYC jogger’s murder helps cops solve 1995 cold case

The cold-case murder of a Central Park jogger in 1995 has finally been solved — thanks to renewed interest after the slaying of Howard Beach runner Karina Vetrano, The Post has learned.

UNIDENTIFIED BODY FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING LOS ANGELES COUPLE

Brazilian immigrant Maria Isabel Pinto Monteiro Alves, 44, was training for the New York City Marathon when she was savagely beaten around 6 a.m. on Sept. 17, 1995.

The brunette’s murder led to sensational headlines and an avalanche of tips — more than 300 in the first month after her death.

CHILD’S BODY FOUND IN COLORADO POND DURING HUNT FOR MISSING 6-YEAR-OLD BOY

But while more than 50 NYPD detectives were initially assigned to the case, months, and then years, passed without her killer being caught.

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/04/focus-on-nyc-joggers-murder-helps-cops-solve-1995-cold-case.html