High profile arrest led Alabama police to genealogy testing

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A truck-driving preacher arrested for killing two teenage girls from Alabama nearly 20 years ago was found by the same genealogy database techniques used to apprehend the suspected “Golden State Killer” last year.

Police on Friday arrested 45-year-old Coley McCraney of Dothan, Alabama, for the 1999 killings of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley. The two 17-year-olds left home for a party and never returned. Their bodies were found the next day in the trunk of Beasley’s car.

The technique runs crime scene DNA through genealogy databases to try to help identify a suspect.

Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said they decided to use the technology in the Alabama cold case.

CeCe Moore of Parabon NanoLabs, which did the search in the Alabama case, said interest has ballooned since the Golden State killer arrest.

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