New Info on Old Bones

posted May 14, 2019, 5:42 AM by Michael Duncan

In December 2017, a dog at a rural location south of Barron discovered skeletal remains in a wooded area.  Since then forensic scientists have been examining the bones to try and determine their DNA profiles.  Yesterday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald released an update with new information on the unidentified bones. According to researchers at the University of North Texas, the bones were likely from a Male of European Ancestry but not excluding Asia decent; Age range 35-55; Height 5”10 + or – 4 inches.  The Barron County Sheriff’s Department has also forwarded several of the bones and DNA profile to the DNA DOE Project in California, where they use genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does. They have become a go-to organization for law

enforcement agencies and medical examiners across the country, helping them solve their most intractable cases. They have had amazing success even with cases where the DNA was highly degraded or of low quantity. Also profiles have been sent to the DNA Solutions Lab in Oklahoma City for a forensic genealogy build.