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Golden State Killer Case Selected As 2019 DNA Hit Of The Year
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The  forty-five-year  investigation  resulted in arrest after law enforcement's use of investigative genetic genealogy

KOBE, Japan, June 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --  Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs (GTH-GA) has announced that the Golden State Killer case was selected as the 2019  DNA Hit of the Year. The case was selected from  70  cases submitted from  20 countries. It was chosen by a panel of seven international judges with career backgrounds in forensic DNA. The recognition was announced during the annual Human Identification Solutions (HIDS) Conference held in  Kobe, Japan.  

Now in its  third  year, the DNA Hit of the Year program is organized by GTH-GA, an international authority on DNA database policy, legislation, and law. "The 2019  list of cases expresses the extraordinary commitment police have  to solve and prevent crime  with forensic DNA databases," said Tim Schellberg, GTH-GA's President.  

Judges selected the  California  case from seven  finalists. The  six  runner-up cases were from  Austria, Dubai, South Africa, Brazil, Massachusetts, and New York.  A full list of submitted cases and a presentation on this year's selected case and other case highlights can be found at http://www.dnaresource.com/hitoftheyear-2019.html

The Golden State Killer is accused of committing terrifying  crimes between 1973 and 1986.   Multiple DNA strategies were utilized while trying to solve these cases.   The break  in the case  occurred when  crime scene DNA was placed into a genealogy database and an investigative lead was developed through a distant relative.   The  announcement of the Golden State Killer's arrest through the use of investigative genetic genealogy set off a national phenomenon to identify suspects in some  of  the worst unsolved crimes in US history.  

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert  said: "Using investigative genetic genealogy to identify those who are accused of horrific crimes has revolutionized law enforcement's ability to solve violent crime.   This new law enforcement tool is bringing hope to victims and their families who have waited decades for justice."

"Having the Golden State Killer case chosen  as  the 2019 Hit of the Year is a great honor.  The DNA Hit of the Year program  demonstrates  the value of DNA databases to solve and prevent crime through real cases.  It is my hope that governments continue to expand DNA programs to stop criminals and save lives," said  District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.  

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