MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — DNA genealogy kits are being used to solve high-profile cold cases, and it was that same technology that helps police crack a 20-year-old case here in Alabama.
These sites are becoming more and more popular for genealogy, and they’re also helping police solve crimes.
A DNA match led police to Coley McCraney, 45, whom they arrested in connection with the murders of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley 20 years ago.
“One of the things that we are seeing around the country is the development of this technology and the use of it by law enforcement agencies,” Attorney General Steve Marshall said.
Steve Marshall said Ozark police who used similar technology used in the Golden State Killer case.
“Using familial DNA to identify potential suspects and taking that information, it ultimately resulted in this arrest,” Marshall said.
The attorney general said he wants to work with the legislature to equip local law enforcement with these DNA technologies because it’s expensive.
“Multiple lives across this state and many many families that are waiting for answers, and I think as the legislature goes on, that should a compelling argument to be able to assist local law enforcement in many of these cases,” Marshall said.
Marshall said this technology is not an end to solving these cases but a lead.