This technology blends the use of DNA testing with traditional genealogical research.
By that time, new DNA technology had established a distant family connection to Forte. It was Eric Schubert, who put together an extensive family tree that helped investigators narrow down the suspect list.
Schubert believed that James Paul Forte was the killer. But Forte was deceased.
State police exhumed the long-dead assailant’s body last month. And they found an exact match to DNA left on the child’s jacket.
“The investigation that went into all of this work was probably the hardest genealogy task that I’ve ever faced. This was probably the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my entire life,” Schubert said. “And it means so much to me that I was able to be on the team that could provide answers to the Chiverella family.”