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North Alabama uses DNA to ID body found in 1991.

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Authorities in North Alabama have used DNA technology to identify a body found in 1991 as Rainbow Canyon King of Tompkinsville, Ky. This breakthrough came after DNA testing and genetic genealogy analysis to bring closure to a decades-old mystery.

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After more than 32 years, the unidentified body discovered in rural DeKalb County has been identified as Rainbow Canyon King of Tompkinsville, Ky., thanks to the use of genetic technology and old-fashioned investigation techniques.

The breakthrough in identifying King’s skeletal remains, found in a wooded area near County Road 51 and Alabama 227 in 1991, would not have been possible without the collaboration of multiple agencies and investigators.

DNA samples from the remains were sent for analysis and whole-genome sequencing in late 2022. The data was uploaded to GEDMatch by genealogy analyst Olivia McCarter, leading to a familial match and the subsequent identification of King, who was 22 at the time of his death.

Chief Investigator Priscilla Padgett and Investigations Assistant Andrea Woodall traveled to Tompkinsville, Ky., to meet with King’s family and further confirm the DNA match, bringing closure to the family after decades of uncertainty.

This case highlights the importance of using advancements in DNA technology and genetic genealogy to solve cold cases and provide closure to families of missing persons.