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About identifinders

Rocket Scientist turned world class Forensic Genealogist.

Identifinders Assists Orange County DA’s Office in Solving the Oldest Jane Doe Case in the County


Identifinders International is honored to have assisted the Orange County District Attorney’s office in solving the oldest Doe case in Orange County.  In March 1968, a woman was discovered badly beaten, raped, and with her throat slashed in a field … Continue reading

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Identifinders International Wins Fifth Place for DNA Hit of the Year


Identifinders International, in conjunction with the King Co. WA Sheriff’s Office, has been awarded Fifth Place in the Gordon Thomas Honeywell (GTH) DNA Hit of the Year Competition out of a field of 50 entries from 20 countries for their pioneering work on the 1991 Sarah Yarborough homicide. Continue reading

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1968 Cold Case Murder of Gwen Miller Solved through Forensic Genealogy and Dedicated Detective Work


Through the use of DNA forensic genealogy, Rapid City police have identified the suspect responsible for the death of 60-year-old Gwen Miller. Ms. Miller, a Rapid City pharmacist, was located strangled and sexually assaulted in her bed at her home on Hall Street in 1968. Continue reading

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Press Conference on Cold Case – Rapid City SD – 2 pm – 17 Jun 2019


RCPD MEDIA ADVISORY: Press conference to discuss new findings in cold case The media is invited to attend a press conference discussing new findings in the cold case investigation into a Rapid City homicide from 1968. The press conference will … Continue reading

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DNA-The Next Big Gold Rush?


The discovery of gold at Sutters Mill, CA in 1848 promised untold wealth for those who had the resources and stamina to outlast the competition.  At the dawn of the California Gold Rush, there were no laws governing property rights; prospectors depended on … Continue reading

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Big Business or Big Brother?


At the recent American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in New Orleans, I attended the workshop The Opiate Crisis, Dirty Bombs, Big Data/Big Problems, and Driverless Cars:  On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science – 2017 Theoretical Forensic Sciences “Think Tank”.  It … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part XII – Taking Stock


INTRODUCTION As with all research projects, there have been so many zigzags in this story, it’s only reasonable to take a break to take stock of where we are in solving the puzzle of Pnina’s identity.  We haven’t solved all … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What Is My Name? Part XI – Berlin, Warsaw, and the German Soldier


I recently traveled to Berlin and Warsaw to personally research in the various German and Polish archives.  My hope was to find more information about Gertrude Priess-Spiro and her circle of acquaintance and friends, towards the goal of finding the … Continue reading

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For Immediate Release – Grant from the Elie Wiesel Jewish Studies Center, Boston University


The Center for Professional Education at Boston University has been awarded a competitive grant from Jewish Cultural Endowment Fund of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies to hold a one-day workshop “Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories:  Separating Fact from … Continue reading

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Who Am I – What Is My Name – Part X – Gertrude’s Marriage and Divorce


By now, everyone who reads this should know Gertrude Priess-Spiro, the woman who arranged to have Pnina Gutman smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto in August or September 1942.  New information about her has recently been discovered that provides details about her … Continue reading

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