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Genetic genealogy is a tremendous forensic tool for the Alaska State Troopers to identify both the perpetrators of unsolved homicides and their unidentified victims. As of February 1, 2023, we have used genetic genealogy to help solve four cold cases and to identify three previously unknown victims. We are currently working to identify the remains of nine people and have submitted samples from the remains of 10 unknown people to the Medical Examiner's Office for DNA extraction, with approximately 30 more whose remains may or may not be candidates for DNA identification.
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Interior Alaska Law Enforcement Team Up for Crime Suppression Operation

August 23, 2023 (FAIRBANKS, AK) – Last week, multiple law enforcement agencies from around Alaska conducted a joint-effort to disrupt the drug trade and associated criminal activity in the... Read More

DPS and APD Release Missing Indigenous Persons Report

August 22, 2023 (ANCHORAGE, AK) – The Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Anchorage Police Department (APD) have released a first-of-its-kind Missing Indigenous Persons Report. The... Read More

Troopers Increase Patrols to Crack Down on Impaired Drivers

August 16, 2023, (STATEWIDE) – Troopers will have increased high-visibility patrols on Alaska’s highways starting this week and continuing through the Labor Day holiday to prevent fatal... Read More
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