Stacey Lyn Chahorski: Murderer of Michigan Woman Missing for 33 Years Identified Using Genealogy Techniques

Stacey Lyn Chahorski was reported missing in January 1989, but it took investigators more than 30 years to determine that a body found in Dade County, Georgia, in December 1988 was hers. , the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced earlier this year.

Her killer has now been identified as Henry Fredrick “Hoss” Wise, a truck driver who drove through Dade County on a regular trucking route, according to the FBI in charge of the Atlanta field office. Special Agent Keri Farley said at a news conference on Tuesday.

The Chahorski case “is the first time we know that genealogy was used to identify both the victim and the killer in the same case,” Farley said.

Weisz, who was also a stunt driver, died in a stunt car accident in 1999, Farley said. rice field. release.

“Investigators found what was believed to be the killer’s DNA at the (crime) scene, but for years they could not connect it to the person,” Farley said.

GBI and FBI agents link Wise to Chahorski’s murder with the help of Othram, a Texas-based laboratory believed to help solve a long list of other unsolved cases. I was able to. Othram also helped authorities identify his Chahorski remains.

After Osram received positive results from genealogical DNA analysis of crime scene evidence, Georgia investigators began interviewing potential family members and collecting DNA swabs, GBI said. Finally, they were able to identify Wise as the killer, the bureau said.

According to GBI, Weisz’s criminal record predated the DNA tests that were required after he was arrested for a felony, so genealogy techniques were crucial to the case.

Advances in DNA analysis helped solve the crime, but Farley also acknowledged the work of those responsible for the case.

“Technology alone could not solve this case,” she said. “The decisions of both the FBI and GBI agents and all the officers who have been in charge of this case for over 33 years have helped bring this case to a conclusion.”

When Chahorski’s body was identified, authorities said her body would be returned to her family. She had been buried in an unmarked grave since 1989.

FBI Special Agent Tim Burke said at the time that the news of Chahorsky’s identification “brought a little peace” to his mother, Mary Beth Smith.

“I could have given Stacey some of the jewelry that was found at the crime scene and returned it to her,” Burke said.

CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.


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