Police departments around the nation are excited to be successfully implementing the same technique used to capture the Golden State Killer to crack other formerly unsolved crimes. Authorities have been utilizing genealogy websites, DNA profiles and DNA sample collected at crime scenes to piece together crimes. Most recently, Raymond Rowe has been arrested for the murder of Christy Mirack nearly 25 years ago.

Investigators have been determined to capture Mirack’s killer for years. During their investigations, authorities interviewed around 1,600 people searching for any information or clues into the sixth-grade teacher’s death. Unfortunately, the case went cold as police failed to identify a prime suspect. Utilizing this new method, police decided to upload the suspect’s DNA sample into a popular genealogy website for clues into the killer’s identity. Following family trees, authorities identified Raymond Rowe as a potential suspect.

Police dug deeper and learned Rowe had been employed at the Smoketown Elementary School where Mirack worked as a disc jockey, so the evidence against him was beginning to stack up. Police legally obtained a DNA sample from Rowe by covertly recovering a discarded water bottle and chewing gum. This sample was identical to the killer’s sample found near Mirack’s body.

Police promptly arrested the suspect without incident. Due to the killer’s ability to walk free for the past 25 years, prosecutors will likely seek the death penalty for this first-degree murder case. He is currently being detained in Lancaster County Prison, and he has been denied the opportunity for bail. The incredible investigative work that led to the suspect marks the first time that such DNA technology has been used to crack a murder case in Pennsylvania.