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  • September 14th
  • September 15th
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Foundling – Resolving a Case of Unknown Identity through the Use of Genetic Genealogy

On April 27, 1964, a nurse came into the hospital room of Dora Fronczak, who had just given birth to her young son, Paul. She took the baby and left, saying it was time to take the baby to the nursery. In reality, the nurse had stolen the baby. Authorities were never able to find the woman. In 1965, a small toddler-aged boy was found, abandoned outside a store in New Jersey. DNA testing was not yet available, and blood tests were inconclusive. It was the shape of the child’s ears that caused authorities to believe the baby could be Paul Fronczak. The toddler was eventually sent to live with the Fronczaks in Chicago, and the case was considered closed. As an adult, Paul began to suspect that the couple who raised him were not his biological parents. In 2012 Paul underwent DNA analysis to test his suspicions. The results showed that he was not the biological son of Dora and Chester Fronczak. His next step was to enlist the help of a genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, to assist him in finding his true biological parents and his identity.

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Validation Principles, Practices, Parameters, Performance Evaluations, and Protocols

John ButlerChair

NIST Fellow & Special Assistant to the Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

This workshop will discuss validation principles (the why), practices (the how), parameters (the what), performance evaluations (the when), and protocols (the so what) important to establishing the degree of reliability involved in aspects of forensic DNA mixture interpretation.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Forensic Genealogy and its Application in Solving Cold Cases

This workshop will explore how scientists, law enforcement, and forensic genealogists work together to solve crime using investigative DNA methods and techniques.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Arguing the Case for DNA Evidence Based on Probabilistic Genotyping

Michael CobleChair

Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, UNTHSC

This workshop is designed to empower the DNA expert in delivering cogent arguments for DNA evidence based on probabilistic genotyping.
Location TBA
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Implementation of Rapid DNA

Douglas HaresChair

National DNA Index System Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

This workshop will cover the implementation of Rapid DNA in the United States.
Location TBA
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana

Ronaldo Carneiro da Silva JuniorChair

Custodian of the National DNA Database, Brazilian Federal Police

The central theme of this year's meeting will be: “New frontiers of knowledge: building the forensic genetics of the next decade”. This workshop is presented entirely in Spanish.
Location TBA