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    How DNA analysis led to a grandson facing homicide charges in a 34-year-old cold case...

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    Officials are saying advancements in DNA technology are what led to the arrest last week of Jeremy Brock in a 34-year-old murder case. Brock, 55, who had been living in Austin, Texas, was charged in connection with the 1988 killing of his grandmother, Helen Vogt. According to police reports, the 77-year-old Vogt was found in a condo beaten and stabbed numerous times. A neighbor had discovered her body. A washcloth at the crime scene contained blood from Vogt as well as Brock’s DNA. Jet 24 Action News also reported that analysis found Brock’s DNA in bloody surfaces inside his grandmother’s home.

    Brock is being charged with homicide, robbery, burglary, theft and tampering, according to Erie News Now. He has refused to waive his extradition back to Pa., according to Erie Country District Attorney Elizabeth Hirz. According to Michael Folk, an associate professor at Mercyhurst University, advances in technology are helping investigators solve cold cases like this one. “The DNA evidence is really, really powerful in backing up a larger, broader case that includes many types of evidence,” he said.







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    Many unsolved murders with solid suspects but not enough evidence!
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    Apparently they knew it was him but just needed more proof. The had all the forensic materials they collected from him in 1990 just not this technology.

    Stabbed her 51 times and then stole her car and they found it a month later in Dayton OH.
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    Before reading the story I assumed this was going to be another one of those familial match cases, solved because some family member sent a cheek swab into 23&Me. I have to wonder how these cases, when they hit the media, affect those companies' business. I expect that in the future police agencies are going to gain access to those private data bases - if they haven't already - and that authorities are going to be getting more and more creative in obtaining as many samples from members of the public as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standing Wolf View Post
    Before reading the story I assumed this was going to be another one of those familial match cases, solved because some family member sent a cheek swab into 23&Me. I have to wonder how these cases, when they hit the media, affect those companies' business. I expect that in the future police agencies are going to gain access to those private data bases - if they haven't already - and that authorities are going to be getting more and more creative in obtaining as many samples from members of the public as possible.
    No doubt. We have found mothers of babies left to die in trash cans and dumpsters in our area using he searches of the data base. I don't think they ever get a direct hit but instead find siblings or close family members. I imagine, if you are dumping your kids in trash cans they you are not too worried about family ties or want your info out there.
    Let's go Brandon !!!

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