Denton County Woman Helps Police Track Violent Criminals Through Forensic Genealogy – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DENTON COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – You don’t have to be in law enforcement to investigate crimes or identify murder suspects.

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A woman from Denton County testifies to it as one of the country’s leading experts in using genealogy to track down killers, rapists and other dangerous people.

Cheryl Hester works on her laptop up to 40 hours a week and carefully examines the results of DNA testimony from crime scenes as a genetic genealogist.

He helps law enforcement find the suspects through the family trees he created.

“If you spot a suspected executive, it’s usually late at night,” Hester says. “It’s always rewarding.”

Forensic Genealogist Cheryl Hester (CBS 11)

Hester and his business partner founded Advance DNA a few years ago to help people find their unknown parents.

“I would describe myself as very curious, which made me research DNA,” he says.

The arrest and sentencing of the infamous Golden State murderer in California in 2018 through forensic genealogy opened the door for Hester and other actors in the industry to apply it to their activities.

We use family trees to identify us, ”says Hester. “Who is this person connected to DNA?”

Hester has special access 2 to the law enforcement DNA database.

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His family tree usually extends as far as his grandparents and there have been as many as 16,000 people in individual cases.

Hester is looking for high cents that are a unit of measurement of genetic connection.

“We get a list of cousin matches, and these and these are sometimes very distant relatives, we’re excited when we have another cousin,” he says.

Her work has helped identify the man behind the 1993 rape in Ohio and the murder of another 8-year-old girl by nearly 40 years.

Her success two years ago in identifying a man behind the 1982 murder of Mary Silvan in Nevada received Hester’s attention from the New York Post.

“We own our business and most of these crimes are committed against women, so she and I are very passionate about it,” Hester says.

Hester says he wants to help Texas in its peak of huge unresolved sexual crime cases.

“I wish we could work with the DPS or the state, and like I said, we’re owned by women, and I think it would be amazing to work and try to get through these sexual violence that is congested.”

Hester also uses popular public sites such as ancestry.com for research.

He encourages people to download their DNA results and give law enforcement access to them.

In this way, in the not-too-distant future, he says, unsolved crimes will be a thing of the past.

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“We say here’s your leadership and how this person might be, and then we’re gone.”

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