May 2, 2015 – DNA Sig meeting, “DNA Sleuthing”, by Barbara Rae-Venter

This meeting will be about using Gedmatch.com to help sort out AncestryDNA matches. As an example, Barb will discuss a project she is working on with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept Crimes Against Children Detail.

This is a cold case in which the victim was kidnapped when she was approximately two years old in the early 1980s. She was recovered at about age five and is the only known survivor of the suspect. The suspect went to prison for murder. The Sheriff’s Dept has been back tracking the suspect for further victims and is trying to find out this victim’s real identity. Without an identity, her parents cannot be notified that she is alive. She was too young at the time of her abduction to know and/or communicate her name.

By dental estimates “Lisa” was born in approximately 1981, and it would have been about 1981 to 1983 that she was taken. The suspect used many different AKAs, and said the victim and other young children were his daughters. However by DNA analysis he was not related at all. His MO was to kidnap a female child at a very young age, keep her until she was old enough to start talking about being molested, then kill and bury her. Barara is using triangulation of “Lisa’s” autosomal DNA matches to try to identify her.

Your can see Barbara’s biography by clicking here: Barbara Rae-Venter Don’t miss this MoCoGenSo DNA Sig meeting.

Doors open at 9:45 am, the meeting starts at 10:00 am. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.

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