COPS has retrieved DNA evidence from the crime site where two girls, Abby Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14, were found killed. The kids, who sent a terrifying final Snapchat image before going missing last week, were discovered dead beside a river near the Indiana town of Delphi. Police say they believe the killings are related to the unsolved murders of three other young women in that area between 2005 and 2015.
In addition to their own DNA, police say they also found DNA from several other people at the scene - including one male contributor whose identity is not known. Authorities say they are following up on all leads in an effort to find out more about him and the other contributors to the crime scene.
The unknown man's DNA was identified by cops using DNA databases. They say it isn't likely to be someone local to the area because none of the major DNA sites in Indiana have any records of this person being arrested or convicted of a crime.
Delphi is a small town about 70 miles east of Indianapolis with a population of just over 10,000 people. In 2007, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children named it the "Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities" for children. The center cited the number of missing person cases as well as violence against children as reasons for its decision.
In 1986, DNA fingerprinting was utilized in a police forensic test for the first time. In 1983 and 1986, two teens were raped and killed in Narborough, Leicestershire. Police believed that their murders were related and that both victims had been run over by a car after being attacked. However, no trace of blood was found at the scene of the first murder, and only small amounts of blood were found at the second crime scene. Forensic scientists were able to extract DNA from both sets of evidence, and it turned out that they came from different people. This fact ruled out any suspects who had been arrested previously for another offense.
Since then, DNA profiling has become an essential tool for investigators to solve crimes.
6:53 p.m. on August 2, 2021 ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Following the discovery of two women dead in Atlanta-area parks last week, bogus claims on social media suggested that a serial murderer was on the loose. Nonetheless, fraudulent reports making the claim spread rapidly on social media, with warnings to be cautious. There is no evidence to support these rumors.
In fact, the women were killed by wolves while hiking alone in remote locations far from any major city. Their deaths were not related to each other or to any other crime against humanity.
The rumors about a serial killer are just another example of how fake news can spread quickly on social media. There have been other cases where people have been hurt or even killed because of these false alarms. It is important to understand that just because something is "filed" on the Internet it doesn't mean that it is true. Only share information from trusted sources.
In 2010, an investigation of previously unreleased DNA evidence revealed that it was connected to a local guy, Roscoe Artis, who was convicted of a similar crime just one month after the murder of Sabrina Buie. There is some strong evidence that the initial prosecutor overlooked evidence pointing to the pair's innocence. However, there was no physical evidence connecting either man to the scene, and they had both admitted to involvement in the robbery. Therefore, they relied solely on witness testimony for their convictions.
After considering all of the evidence, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned their convictions and ordered a new trial. The case was reopened nearly nine years after it was originally tried because the original prosecutors refused to re-open the case.
Roscoe Artis was again charged with murder but this time he was represented by an attorney who had been assigned to his case prior to his first trial. He was found guilty at his second trial and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. His appeal is still pending.
Sabrina Buie's mother has said that she believes her daughter would have wanted these men to be freed from prison because they did not kill her when they could have easily done so. She also says that she doesn't want anyone else to go through what she went through. Even though Roscoe Artis was finally released, another innocent man was still behind bars at the time of this writing.
True Crime Network's Killer Kids. Each week, crime scene photos and interviews with the families of murdered children are presented as a television movie that explores how these tragedies affect those left behind.
Killer Kids is available on TCN every Thursday at 9/8c. You can also find new episodes online now.
Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders is available on YouTube TV (Free Trial).
Sycamore, Illinois, United States Maria Elizabeth Ridulph (March 12, 1950–c. December 1957) was a seven-year-old child who went missing on December 3, 1957, in Sycamore, Illinois. Her body was found eight months later in a wooded area near her home. The case has similarities to that of Mary Ann Mobley, for whom see below. Although several suspects have been named over the years, no one has been convicted of the crime.
She was last seen playing outside her house with her brother John, who at the time was 11 years old. They had gone shopping together before returning home. When they didn't answer the door, their mother went out and found them playwright Lillian Hellman (who lived across the street from the Ridulsfhs family) watching them. Mrs. Ridulph told police that when she went inside to get her husband George, the children were gone. Police searched the neighborhood but couldn't find any evidence of a crime having taken place. A neighbor suggested that perhaps the children had run off to look for Christmas presents and had be back soon.
The family's dog wasn't allowed in the house while they were away, so it wouldn't have harmed them if they left. This fact has often been cited by those who think someone else must have killed the children, since there are no signs of trauma to the body.
Forensic scientists can compare DNA samples acquired from suspects to DNA samples discovered at a crime scene (such as blood or hair). If no match is found, they may be able to rule out that suspect. If there is a match, authorities will most likely want to investigate further. The more loci (or locations) in which the profiles differ, the better the forensic scientist can make an identification.
DNA profiling has many different applications within law enforcement. It is often used to identify suspects/victims in criminal investigations where there is no known identity link between them. This allows police to focus their efforts on specific individuals rather than going after every single person with a missing ID. DNA profiling is also used by police to exclude people from suspicion when multiple persons are involved in one incident. For example, if a home is broken into and a number of valuable items are stolen, detectives might conclude that everyone involved in the crime was not responsible for all the items taken. They could use DNA evidence to determine that someone else was inside the house at the time of the break-in, even though they may not have been the thief themselves.
In addition to identifying suspects/victims, forensic scientists use DNA data to connect crimes together. If two separate incidents involve similar types of crimes against similarly protected categories of people, it may be possible to conclude that both cases involve the same offender.