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Colleen Fitzpatrick

Founder of Identifinders International, and Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project

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Colleen Fitzpatrick

Founder of Identifinders International, and Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern Forensic Genealogy.  She has worked dozens of cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis.  Most notably, she is credited with collaborating with the Phoenix Police Department to solve the 1992-1993 Phoenix Canal Murders. The team won fifth place in the prestigious 2018 DNA Hit of the Year competition by Gordon Thomas Honeywell Affairs, out of 61 submissions from 14 countries.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of John and Jane Does sometimes decades old.  The DNA Doe Project recently identified Buckskin Girl, a Jane Doe who had defied identification for 37 years.  The DDP team used genetic genealogy to solve the case in four hours.

In addition to applying her expertise to cold case work, Dr. Fitzpatrick had been a key member of the teams that have exposed three international Holocaust literary frauds. She had been the Forensic Genealogist on several historical projects including the Identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project.  Her collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona, Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).

Colleen lectures widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.  She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, and on international radio and television programs. These include the BBC World News Tonight, RTE Ireland Television’s Nationwide, Radio New Zealand, The Melbourne Sun, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, More Magazine and Scientific American.  She is the author of three books:  Forensic Genealogy, DNA & Genealogy, and The Dead Horse Investigation:  Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone.