A breakthrough in the 1980 cold case murder of an aspiring journalist came thanks to a “Murder Squad” podcast listener who uploaded her DNA to GEDMatch, resulting in a match that led to the arrest of a distant relative.
“The Murder Squad just got our first cold case murder arrest,” investigative journalist Billy Jensen, one half of the “Murder Squad” team, exclaimed on Twitter Monday.
The pair has always encouraged listeners who’ve used ancestry sites to submit their DNA to GEDMatch. They’ve long maintained that doing so that could lead to arrests in unsolved murder cases.
One of the podcast’s dedicated listeners, referred to only as Jessi, did just that. She used 23andMe and then, following the instructions of Holes and Jensen, entered her DNA profile into GEDmatch. Law enforcement can’t obtain information directly from 23andMe but can access DNA in open source databases such as FamilyTreeDNA and GEDMatch.