Missing Persons: Decades old bodies identified through DNA 


The Police department collaborated with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, to get the Talladega National Forest remains prepared and shipped to a private Canadian laboratory.

On April 22, 2022, the remains were identified through DNA as Jerome Morris. And after 30 years his family was notified, that he was found. 

Now a murder investigation is underway. And a cold case has become red-hot thanks to DNA. 

DNA Double Helix

Since the 1960’s the study and use of DNA technology has progressed. 

Now using DNA found at crime scenes killers can be tracked down in old murders. And bodies found decades ago can be identified. 

DNA markers are used to identify specific DNA characteristics that allow for the distinctions between individuals. These markers can be analyzed by forensic scientists to identify unknown bodies. Or it can be typed and tracked to near relatives using DNA markers. These markers are either a genotype or a phenotype.