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In recent years law enforcement agencies have been utilizing a new tool to track down violent offenders and identify Jane and John Does - the family tree. With the help of DNA technology and investigative genetic genealogy, cases that have been cold for decades are now being solved. Victims and their families are finally getting answers and justice. The Ties That Find is a true crime podcast that showcases these victories.
 
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In December of 1991 a high school student was killed right on the grounds of her high school campus. Twenty years later, detectives and genealogists attempted the first genealogy investigation. But the science wasn’t there. Twenty-eight years later, an arrest would be made. This is the case of Sarah Yarborough. Bio Link bio.link/tttf Affiliate: Sil…
 
Today we finish up the case of truly evil Shawn Grate. Bio Link: bio.link/tttf We are now an affiliate! Silk + Sonder is a planner, a journal, and so much more! Please note, The Ties That Find is listener-supported. If you make a purchase through a link here or on any page run by TTTF, we may earn an affiliate commission. Silk + Sonder…
 
Silk + Sonder is a monthly journal subscription service that is so much more than a journal. Listen to find out how S+S will inspire you to continue to grow as the incredible person you are, and give you the outlet to discover the potential you have, but have yet to tap into. Photos are posted on TTTF website’s show notes! bio.link/tttf We are now …
 
On September 13, 2016, 911 dispatch received a call from a woman who was being held captive and pleading for help. Fifteen minutes later, she would be rescued, and a serial killer’s crimes would soon enough be revealed. This is the case of Vicky Dana Doe and the Victims of Shawn Grate. bio.link/tttf We are now an affiliate! Silk + Sonder is a plann…
 
At the end of 2018, the search for a little boy led to the recovery of a skeletonized victim. Three years later, she was returned to her family just 12 miles away. This is the case of the Evangeline Parish Jane Doe 2018. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.com Links: The Ties That Find (bio.link…
 
In the early morning of St Patrick’s Day 1987, police discover the naked and brutalized body of a young soldier behind a restaurant. It would take 34 years for her family to get justice, and a monster sent to prison. This is the case of the horrific torture and murder of Army Specialist Darlene Krashoc. Check out the website for sources, photos, an…
 
At the end of 2017, dog is caught by his owner chewing on human skull. It would take four years for the remains to be identified and a killer found out. This is the case of the Barron County John Doe, 2017. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.com #SolveCrimeWithDNA #GEDmatch #OptIN #GEDmatchOptI…
 
Between 2001 and 2008 Manchester and Vernon Connecticut would be haunted by an unknown man invading homes and raping the women of their town. it would take 19 years to find a suspect, and not all of the women would live to see the day. This is the case of the victims of sexual assault in Manchester and Vernon Connecticut. Check out the website for …
 
Weeknights are rough in the late 1970s for Atascadero CA. Two related murders will go unsolved for 40 years… and one of them could possibly have even been prevented. These are the cases of the 1977 murder of Jane Morton Antunez and the 1978 murder Patricia Dwyer. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatf…
 
In the summer of 2002 a World War II veteran takes his own life. It would take 16 years to figure out who he really was, as he had changed his whole identity, and living under a different name for 25 years. This is the case of Joseph Newton Chandler III. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.com…
 
In the spring of 1998, and father and son come home from the farm to find the ladies in their family brutally killed by an intruder. This was not his first kill, nor his last attack. Over the next 20 years a string of violent assaults across multiple states will finally be linked to one man. This is the case of Sherri and Megan Scherer. Check out t…
 
In the summer of 1980, two Jane Does were found, murdered 4 days and over 100 miles apart. It would take 38 years to convict the man that killed them, and 41 years to give one of them their names back. This is the 1980 case of the Kern County Jane Jane Doe. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.co…
 
In the summer of 1980, Rachel’s fake cousin Jared goes to a county fair across the state line, and never comes back. It would take 36 years for Rachel’s family to get answers, but it could have only taken 35. This is the case of Rachel’s fake cousin Jared. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.com…
 
As of 2020, there are over 500k open missing persons cases in the US, and over 250k unsolved murder cases. These numbers are being impacted by Forensic Genetic Genealogy. But how does it work and what is my part in the process? This is the case of A New Way to Solve a Mystery. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: ww…
 
On Labor Day night, 1990, two elderly women are viciously attacked after they settle in to watch a baseball game on TV. One of them will die at the scene, and the other will succumb to her injuries two months later. This is the case of Betty Jones and Kathryn Crigler, the Labor Day Murders of Starkville, MS. Check out the website for sources, photo…
 
For the 15yrs from 1991-2006, a single man stalked, terrorized, raped, and robbed over 10 women in the Sacramento area. But it is not until 2018 that the victims of these attacks will get the call that they had been waiting so long for: “We got the guy.” This is the case of the NorCal Rapist Victims. Check out the website for sources, photos, and l…
 
Technical difficulties give us a chance to learn about a John Doe, found deceased in a shed in Washington in 2015. This is the case of The Mill Creek Shed Man. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.com Email: thetiesthatfind@gmail.com Disclaimer: This podcast is in no way affiliated with, or spons…
 
In the winter of 1991, a pregnant woman is found strangled on the side of the road. Evidence found on 2 other separate victims a year later will come from the same donor. But it is not until 2019 that the matches are discovered, and donor is hunted down. This is the case of the murders of Pamela McCall, Bitter Creek Betty, and the I-90 Jane Doe. Ch…
 
On an unseasonably warm night in Oct 2011, a husband and wife are getting ready to turn in for the night when they are suddenly and violently attacked in their own home. Seven years later, the perpetrator would be found much too close for comfort, right in their own town, less than a mile away. This is the case of James and Linda Miller of Goshen, …
 
Today we travel north into a tiny Canadian town, where a monster stole a young girl from her loving family. The 35 years it took to get to the truth about her abduction and murder will impact more than just the lives she touched. This case will also change the way Ontario law enforcement investigates and prosecutes its most violent crimes. Check ou…
 
Today we follow the 20yr investigation of a young John Doe found under a Billboard in a small town in North Carolina in 1998. The search for answers will bring us into South Carolina and the discovery of another Doe, this time an adult female. Who would have left a child on the side of the highway, and how is this other body related to him? Check o…
 
Today I bring you two cases that cover five victims of rape in the last 10 years. These victims are not named, but their rapists will be discovered and exposed. This case contains details of sexual violence, so listener, be advised. Check out the website for sources, photos, and links to social media: www.thetiesthatfind.com Email: thetiesthatfind@…
 
Today we are learning about two lovebirds who were killed at a Wisconsin county park just after setting up their weekend campsite in 1976. It would take an evolution in science and investigation techniques over the course of 43 years to identify a suspect and make an arrest. This is the case of Ellen Matheys and David Schuldes. Check out the websit…
 
This week, we learn about the case surrounding a female body found burning on a woodpile in Texas in 2006, who came to be known as Lavender Doe. Who was she? Where did she come from? And who did this to her? Sadly, Lavender Doe isn’t the only woman killed in today’s story... so settle in and let’s find out. This case includes a review of genetic fa…
 
In this episode, we are going to cover the brutal killing of Scott Martinez, a single father in La Mesa, CA in the summer of 2006. And later, I’m going to tell you about a John Doe who the DNA Doe Project is currently trying to identify. Scott Martinez’s murder is especially horrendous, and the who and the why is especially sad. So settle in, and l…
 
In our inaugural episode, we learn what forensic genealogy is and how it is used by law enforcement. Then I tell the story of Helene Pruszynski, and young and talented intern from Massachusetts who was abducted and killed outside of Denver Colorado in early 1980. The journey to finding her killer took 40 years, but finally in 2020, with the help of…
 
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