The National Symposium will be held at the Palmer House (Hilton) in Chicago, Illinois, July 17 – 18, 2019.
Reston, Va. (July 2019) – Dr. Steve Armentrout, the CEO of Parabon® NanoLabs, and Brian Martin, Detective from Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be co-presenting at the 2019 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability on 17 July 2019 at 10:45 am central time. Their presentation titled “DNA and Cold Cases” will focus on the 1988 rape and murder of April Tinsley in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Detective Martin will review the entire case, detailing the many twists and turns leading to its resolution in 2018. Dr. Armentrout will explain the basics of genetic genealogy and describe how Parabon’s Chief Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore, generated the lead that led to the identification of April’s killer.
Since May 2018 Parabon has provided information to law enforcement agencies that have led to the resolution of over 60 of the most violent cases imaginable. Parabon’s Snapshot services include:
Snapshot Genetic Genealogy: This service is the combination of genetic analysis with traditional historical and genealogical research to study family history. For forensic investigators, it can be used to identify remains by tying the DNA to a family with a missing person or to point to the likely identity of a perpetrator.
Snapshot DNA Phenotyping: This service produces predictions of ancestry and appearance from a DNA sample and includes a composite image. It is ideal for cases where there are no genetic genealogy matches. With an in-depth Snapshot Composite Report investigators can focus their investigation and operate more efficiently.
Snapshot Kinship Inference: Unlike traditional forensic DNA methods, which are extremely limited in their ability to determine kinship past parent/child relationships, Snapshot can detect relatedness out to 9th-degree relatives (fourth cousins). If there is any suspicion whatsoever as to whether a family member may be involved in a crime against a victim, this single inexpensive test can be used to include or exclude the victim’s entire biological family, potentially saving months of investigative legwork.
About the Symposium:
The 2019 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability invites its attendees to learn about tools, techniques, and information vital to monitoring sex offenders and combatting sexual assault and child sexual abuse. The symposium brings together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, registry personnel and other community stakeholders from states, territories and Indian Country across the U.S. engaged in registering and monitoring sex offenders, and investigating and prosecuting sex offenses. The annual symposium is hosted by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.
About Parabon® NanoLabs, Inc.:
Parabon® NanoLabs is a vertically integrated DNA technology company that develops next-generation forensic and therapeutic products, which leverage the enormous power of DNA. Staffed by a uniquely qualified team of scientists and technologists, with expertise ranging from bioinformatics and chemistry to computer science and pharmacology, the Company is bringing to market revolutionary new products and services made possible by recent advances in DNA sequencing, processing, and manufacturing technologies.