“How Genetic Genealogy Brought Buckskin Girl Home After 37 Years”
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00pm
Yorba Linda Community Center
On April 24, 1981, the body of a young woman was found in a ditch along Greenlee Road in Newton Township, Ohio. The coroner officially ruled her death as the result of strangulation. She was nicknamed “Buckskin Girl,” after the tasseled buckskin jacket that she had been wearing at the time of her death. Early efforts to identify “Buckskin Girl” involved the creation of a facial sketch published in local newspapers and on television networks. About two hundred leads were followed as a result of the media attention, yet none resulted in her identification. Learn the fascinating collaborative story of how Colleen used forensic genealogy to solve the case.
Dr. Fitzpatrick, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern forensic genealogy. She has investigated numerous cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis. She is Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of a John or Jane Doe, sometimes decades old. Her collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona. Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).