Various law enforcement agencies across the country are using results from home genealogy test kits to solve crimes, and Missouri is no exception. Darren Haslag is a master sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He doesn’t know exactly when the use of genetic genealogy to solve cold cases started, but says it really took off about 5 years ago with the identity of the Golden State Killer in California:
Haslag says the Highway Patrol is currently using genetic genealogy to investigate two violent sexual assaults that occurred in southern Missouri. He can’t comment any further on those two cases.