The Ties That Find

The Ties That Find

Did you know that there are over 250,000 cold case homicides in the US at any given time? What if your family tree could be the key to solving just one of them?

Since 2018 law enforcement agencies have been utilizing a new investigative tool to track down violent offenders - the family tree. With the help of DNA technology and genetic family mapping, cases that have been cold for decades are now being solved. Victims and their families are finally getting answers and justice.

The Ties That Find showcases these victories.

Recent Episodes

Sarah Yarborough

Nov. 24, 2021

In December of 1991 a high school student was killed right on the grounds of her high school campus. Twenty years later, detectives and genealogists attempted the first genealogy investigation. But the science wasn’t there. …

Doe Victims of Serial Killers

Nov. 10, 2021

Gacy. Ridgway. Hansen. All POS. None of them cared enough to get their victims' names. Among them, they left 11 Does in their wake. But thanks to forensic genealogy, we have been able to identify 3 of them in 2021. These are…

Rachel Reads The Tell-Tale Heart

Oct. 31, 2021

Happy Halloween. We have a bonus today, enjoying a classic scary story from the Godfather of the Gothic, Edgar Allan Poe. The Show: Bio Link Affiliate: Silk + Sonder Silk + Sonder

Vicky Dana Doe and the Victims of Shawn Grate Part 2

Oct. 20, 2021

Today we finish up the case of truly evil Shawn Grate. Bio Link: bio.link/tttf We are now an affiliate! Silk + Sonder is a planner, a journal, and so much more! Please note, The Ties That Find is listener-supported. If you m…

Affiliate Time! Silk + Sonder

Oct. 16, 2021

Silk + Sonder is a monthly journal subscription service that is so much more than a journal. Listen to find out how S+S will inspire you to continue to grow as the incredible person you are, and give you the outlet to disco…

Vicky Dana Doe and the Victims of Shawn Grate

Oct. 13, 2021

On September 13, 2016, 911 dispatch received a call from a woman who was being held captive and pleading for help. Fifteen minutes later, she would be rescued, and a serial killer’s crimes would soon enough be revealed. This…

Recent Blog Posts

Sarah Yarborough

Sarah Composite Sketches Detective Jim Doyon, one year anniversary       Sarah's Bench       POS Patrick Leon N…

Doe Victims of Serial Killers

Francis Wayne Alexander (Gacy) Wendy Stephens (Ridgway) Robin Pelkey (Hansen) Gacy: John Wayne Gacy - Wikipedia Cook County Sheriff - Unidenti…

Vicky Dana Doe and the Victims of Shawn Grate Part 2

Rebekah Leicy Candice Cunningham Elizabeth Griffith Stacey Stanley (Hicks) Dana Lowrey   Sources: Shawn Grate: The Twisted Confessi…

About the Host

Rachel Cocco

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