Investigative Genetic Genealogy: Is this the Key to Bryan Kohberger’s Defense?


IGG combines DNA analysis with genealogical research, enabling investigators to trace a suspect’s familial lineage. This process typically involves uploading DNA profiles to public databases like GEDmatch, leveraging familial connections to identify potential suspects.

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Initially embraced by genealogy enthusiasts, IGG has transcended its origins to become a formidable asset in solving cold cases and violent crimes. Its efficacy lies in its ability to bridge the gap between DNA evidence and suspect identification, often yielding breakthroughs in seemingly unsolvable cases.

The Kohberger Case 

The grisly discovery of four murdered students in Moscow, Idaho, sent shockwaves through the community. With no murder weapon or concrete suspect initially identified, investigators faced a daunting challenge in unraveling the truth behind the heinous crime.

Surveillance footage, witness descriptions, and DNA evidence recovered from the crime scene helped authorities to hone in on Bryan Kohberger as a prime suspect. The comparison of DNA samples obtained from Kohberger’s families home with evidence from the crime scene, further implicated him in the murders.

IGG Courtroom Issues

The intersection of investigative genetic genealogy and the law is just beginning to evolve. And the Kohberger defense team wants a detailed analysis of this evidence.