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Genetic genealogy helps ID Denver girl decades after she was killed by the Green River Killer

By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press SEATTLE  — Genetic genealogy helped identify the youngest known victim of one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers almost 37 years after her remains were discovered near a baseball field south of Seattle. Wendy Stephens was 14 and had run away from her home in Denver before Gary […]

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DNA testing leads to break in decades-old Colorado murder case. But privacy questions are being raised.

Michael Whyte drove out of a parking lot, his belly full of fast food lunch, oblivious that police detectives had been watching him eat.  Now, they were gingerly collecting the cup they had seen him drink from just minutes earlier. The two were eager with anticipation because, after more than three decades of fruitless leads, […]

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Opinion: From orphan trains to DNA: As adoption evolves, many paradoxes remain

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and this year, after more than 20 years facilitating an advocacy, search and support group for adults touched by relinquishment and adoption, I am keenly aware of one thing: despite its evolution, adoption involves complicated paradoxes. With respect to laws, much has changed for the better. Colorado’s first adoption […]