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01-26-2021, 06:19 PM
Genetic genealogy helps ID victim of Green River Killer (https://apnews.com/article/seattle-57d6512358f4196842aa236ec989741c)

It only took a few weeks for Binderís team to come up with Stephensí name. But it could have been even quicker: Years ago, one of Stephensí parents entered DNA into the database GEDmatch, in hopes of finding her or any children she might have had, Binder said.

That would have provided a quick DNA hit. But in 2019, GEDmatch changed its policies, better protecting the privacy of users by requiring them to opt in if they wanted law enforcement to be able to use their DNA in investigations. Because the parent had provided their DNA before the policy change, and they had not subsequently opted in, Binderís team didnít see the parentís DNA profile when they searched.