- Dead mosquitoes and blood smeared on a wall helped Chinese police from Fuzhou, Fujian province, solve a burglary that occurred on June 11.
- The intruder reportedly used a balcony to break into an apartment before lighting mosquito coils, cooking eggs and noodles and sleeping overnight there.
- During their investigation, the authorities discovered two mosquito corpses with blood smears on one of the apartment’s living room walls.
- After taking blood samples from the wall for DNA testing, the police identified the intruder, a known criminal surnamed Chai.
- Chai reportedly confessed to the crime and four other break-ins after his arrest on June 30.
Chinese police identified a burglar after taking samples from two mosquitoes he killed while breaking and entering last month.
- Robert John Lanoue, a 70-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was named as the suspect behind the cold case kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 5-year-old girl Anne Sang Thi Pham of Seaside, California, in 1982.
- The former army sergeant, who was stationed at Fort Ord at the time of the crime, was charged on Thursday while in jail for a probation violation for other sexual assault offenses committed in 1998.
- Lanoue is now facing one count of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations that he murdered Pham while committing kidnapping and a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M Pacioni said.
- Lanoue allegedly kidnapped Pham while she was walking to her kindergarten class at Highland Elementary School just before 11 a.m. on Jan. 12, 1982. Her remains were found two days later on the Fort Ord Army base, about a mile away from her school.
- Initial investigations reported that Pham was sexually assaulted and strangled, but authorities could not find any leads pointing to the person responsible for the crime. Lanoue, who was 29 at the time, was never considered a suspect.
- The Monterey County District Attorney's Office created the cold case task force in 2010 and reopened Pham’s cold case in 2020, where they worked alongside the Seaside Police Department.
The suspect behind the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of a 5-year-old girl in Seaside, California, has been identified and arrested four decades later.
Robert John Lanoue, a 70-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada, was charged on Thursday for the crimes against Anne Sang Thi Pham in 1982. He is facing one count of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations that he murdered Pham while committing kidnapping and a lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni said.
- Zhu, a 69-year-old woman from Jiaxing, China, was detained by the police for throwing a corn cob off of a high-rise residential building that hit a baby’s head last week.
- The 8-month-old baby, who was being carried on a walk by her grandmother, suffered from a bleeding injury. She was sent to the hospital, where she is in stable condition.
- Zhu could face a possible fine or imprisonment, according to officer Wu Yefeng.
- High-rise littering became a crime under China’s criminal law last year. There have been numerous reports of critical injuries and deaths caused by items thrown off of residential buildings in China.
A woman in China was detained by the police for throwing a corn cob off of a high-rise residential building that hit a baby’s head.
The police compared DNA found on the discarded cob with saliva samples from five households that purchased corn on the day of the incident which helped them identify Zhu, a 69-year-old woman from Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province, as the perpetrator.
- Investigators used new DNA technology to reexamine evidence in the 1994 unsolved murder of Jennifer Lin, according to Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.
- Lin, who was then 14-years-old, was brutally stabbed to death in her home after returning from school on May 27, 1994.
- The technology allowed investigators to extract new cells and discover new leads that may lead to a breakthrough, Sheriff Ahern added.
A California sheriff said new DNA technology may help solve the 1994 murder of a 14-year-old Castro Valley teen.
Investigators used new DNA technology to reexamine evidence in the 1994 unsolved murder of Jennifer “Jenny” Lin, according to Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.
‘I get to be a big brother’: Veteran, 70, adopted as a child from Japan discovers his 7 siblings in Ohio
- Seventy-year-old Michael Bennett, who was adopted as a child, met seven of his siblings for the first time after undergoing a DNA test in 2019.
- Bennett was born in Japan in 1951 to a Japanese woman and an American soldier who served in the country after World War II.
- Bennett’s adoptive parents raised him with knowledge of his biological parents, and he understood why he had to be given up.
- The Green Beret said the discovery “opened up a whole new world for me” and that he now “gets to be a big brother.”
A Japanese American veteran had the reunion of his life when he met seven of his siblings for the first time after undergoing a DNA test to find out more about himself.
Michael Bennett, 70, was born in Japan in 1951 to a Japanese mother, Yoshiko Nakajima, and an American father, Dick Webster, who served in the country after World War II.
A teenage girl found lifeless in a shallow grave near San Francisco’s Lake Merced more than 43 years ago has finally been identified through DNA analysis.
The victim, who became known over the years as Jane Doe No. 40, was positively identified as 14-year-old Judy Gifford, her family learned last month.
A night of infidelity for a mother in southeastern China has been discovered following a DNA test which revealed that her twin sons were born to two different fathers.
The shocking result came to light after the mother, who lives in Xiamen, requested for a paternity test in fulfillment of her sons’ birth registration requirements.
A man has finally been reunited with his parents after being kidnapped as a child 31 years ago in Guizhou, China.
The man, Qin Yujie, whose given name was Cheng Xueping, was snatched from a construction site where his parents, Cheng Jiguang and Gaolingzhen, were working in 1988.
Chinese parents are reportedly seeking the “talent testing” services of local genetic companies in an apparent bid to identify which fields their children can excel at.
Clinics from genetic firms, which claim to find children’s hidden talents in their DNA, have recently been sprouting up in cities such as Shenzhen.
A pair of identical twins who were separated at birth in South Korea found each other in the U.S. 33 years later after using the same DNA testing service.
Left tied to a pole, Amanda Dunford was found by a street vendor, while Katey Bennett was left in a basket on the steps of an orphanage.
A man in Crawfordsville, Indiana, got the biggest surprise of his life when a DNA test connected him to an unknown sister who lived in the Philippines.
In December, Jane DeGrand sent Chris Livesay a message on Facebook with a match to the Livesay family tree from Ancestry DNA, an online DNA testing service.
A female infant who died about 11,500 years ago is shedding light on the Asian origins of Native Americans thanks to her DNA.
In a new study published on Nature, researchers decoded the infant’s complete DNA set and estimated the timing of key events in the ancestral history of Native Americans and indigenous communities in North, Central and South America.