Genealogy solves another cold case

Hello everyone, just a quick post from my phone in case you haven’t heard of this yet.

Young Canadian couple Jay Cook, 20, and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, were murdered on a trip to Seattle in 1987.

Jay was beaten to death, Tanya was sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head. DNA was found at the scene of Tanya’s murder.

But there were no leads… Until now. Using the same website as caught the Golden State Killer, GEDmatch, authorities have tracked down the killer.

The murdereder is William Earl Talbot II, now aged 55, making him 25 at the time of the crimes.

Readers what do you think of catching criminals using genealogical websites? It’s important to note that GEDmatch specifically says the information is publicly available. Users upload their data from sites like to this database.

You can read more on this case here

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