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Our Cases

Since our founding in 2017, DNA Doe Project has worked on more than 200 cases of unidentified remains. Among our success stories are the very first identifications made using investigative genetic genealogy.

At DNA Doe Project, we don’t just take on the ‘easy’ cases — we accept those from every community, regardless of circumstance, racial or gender identity, or cause of death. It can take months or years to identify these individuals, but we don’t give up. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to maintain their name and identity, even in death. We work every day to make that reality. 

This month, we feature the case of Transgender Julie Doe, which is now our oldest case in research. Our dedicated team of volunteer investigative genetic genealogists have been working on her case since 2019.


DNA Doe Project News

DNA Doe Project statement regarding FTDNA database use

After the recent announcement of a partnership between Gene By Gene, the parent company of Familytreedna.com and Othram, a for-profit provider of laboratory and investigative genetic genealogy services, the management of the DNA Doe Project has instituted a moratorium on uploads of DNA profiles of our Jane and John Does to the FTDNA site. While...

Message from our Founder, Margaret Press

DDP’s founder Margaret Press is retiring as CEO of the organization. Read her heartfelt message to supporters, donors, and volunteers here.

BIG Announcement: DDP and NatGeo team up

The DNA Doe Project has teamed up with Wall to Wall Media and National Geographic Channel to produce a documentary series about our work! We’re thrilled to open a window on a handful of active cases, from initial mystery, through DNA extraction and painstaking genetic investigation, to discovery of the Doe’s identity and story. Coming soon. More...

A message from our founder, Margaret Press

Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) has been in the news recently as a technique that may have been used to identify killers in some very high profile cases. In light of questions being asked about the the work of the DNA Doe Project and our code of ethics, we have spent some time reviewing our own history. Click this link to read Margaret's...

DNA Doe Project Celebrates 100

On National DNA Day 2023, the DNA Doe Project is celebrating with a milestone – we have resolved 100 cases of unidentified remains! Learn more and join the celebration today. Less than 6 years after its founding, the DNA Doe Project has reached an important milestone: its 100th identification. That’s 100...

Winter Practicum Test Answers

DNA Doe Project recently concluded the winter practicum program (formerly called the apprentice program), which occurred over four weeks in January 2023. The practicum program provides experienced genetic genealogists with the opportunity to work on a real, unsolved unidentified remains case, giving them practical experience in investigative...

Collaboration begun to identify victims from Tulsa in 1921

The DNA Doe Project is honored to work with Intermountain Forensics and the Utah Cold Case Coalition on the initiative to identify victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. The success of this project depends on the participation of the community and relatives of the victims. Please visit www.intermountainforensics.com/tulsadnaproject to learn...

Collaboration to improve DNA sequencing

DNA Doe Project is delighted to be chosen to work with Astrea Forensics, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Arc Bio on a new way to process degraded DNA samples that could help solve even more cases.

“Everyone is someone’s child and has family, no matter what path their life has followed. I feel we’ve become almost caretakers for these lost souls until they can be returned to their family.”

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