In this interview, Jordan sits down with Danny Hellwig, the Director of Laboratory Development for Intermountain Forensics, a nonprofit private DNA testing laboratory based in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a nonprofit private lab, Intermountain Forensics focuses on cutting-edge technologies, especially DNA sequencing. Next-generation sequencing and genetic genealogy are at the forefront of their services, filling crucial gaps in the forensic community.
Danny shares that he and his colleagues play a pivotal role in the Tulsa Race Massacre project, a significant endeavor that was highlighted at ISHI 33 and involves generating forensic investigative genealogy profiles from century-old bones, aiding in the identification of potential victims. So far, Intermountain Forensics, in collaboration with the City of Tulsa, is making strides in identifying victims, with seven profiles already in progress.
The awareness generated by the project is crucial in acknowledging a dark chapter in history. Danny reflects on the humbling experience of contributing to unveiling the truth and providing names to those who were once forgotten.