Genealogy Site Cracks 1999 Cold Case Murder of Alabama Teens
An Alabama man has been charged with the cold-case murder of two teenage girls after police used a genealogy site to link him to DNA found at the crime scene. Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley, both 17, were Northview High School seniors when they disappeared on their way to a birthday party in July 1999, according to WTVY. Ozark police later found their bodies in the trunk of Beasley’s car; both were shot. The man in custody, who is married with children, did not have any DNA on file at the time of the crime, but investigators used a family-tree search to identify him as the suspect, the station reported.