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How Police Can Use Your DNA to Solve Crimes Without Consent

3 Oct 2022 2:07 PM | Anonymous

It was December of 2014, and Michael Usry had no idea why a pair of Louisiana State police officers showed up at his New Orleans home, asking him to accompany them to the precinct for questioning.

He was even more confused when an FBI agent asked to swab his cheek for DNA.

“They wouldn’t tell me anything,” Usry, now 43, tells The Post. “I was like, ‘Am I being accused of a crime? Do I need a lawyer?’ ”

It was only later that Usry, a low-budget filmmaker, learned he was a suspect in the 1996 murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge. There were a few things that pointed to him: He’d visited Idaho Falls, Idaho, where the victim was killed, during the same time frame of the murder. He had directed a 2010 film called “Murderabilia,” which — according to the search warrant — “dealt with some sort of homicide or killings.”

But the main reason cops showed up on Usry’s doorstep was his DNA. When genetic evidence from the crime scene didn’t match anything in the national law-enforcement database, the police ran a familial DNA search on, the world’s largest for-profit genealogy company.

They found a close match between semen found at the murder scene and the DNA of Usry’s dad, who had donated his saliva to Ancestry as part of a genealogy project with his church. When the elder Usry was deemed too old to be a suspect, it led detectives to his son. Although the younger Usry had never used Ancestry or any other genealogy service, his dad’s DNA was enough for a judge to issue a warrant.

Even after Usry’s DNA was tested and his name cleared — which took weeks — he didn’t rest easy.

You can read more in an article by Eric Spitznagel and published in the New York Post web site at:


  • 4 Oct 2022 10:28 AM | Anonymous
    Facts matter! This is an old story, poorly written and resurrected by the NYPost tabloid. You do your readers a great disservice by broadcasting it further, and owe us an apology and clarification. Please read Judy Russell's blog post from FIVE YEARS AGO and judge for yourself:
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  • 4 Oct 2022 10:29 AM | Anonymous
    Correction: Judy's post was SEVEN years ago.
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  • 4 Oct 2022 1:21 PM | Anonymous
    Dick, I wish you had provided the link to the Legal Genealogist to accompany your article. It answers a lot of questions raised by your article. I have no problem with the police using my DNA results as long as they proceed as the police in this case did. This is the first time I've encountered information on EOGN that seems sensational. Please "just give us the facts man".
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    • 10 Oct 2022 9:46 AM | Anonymous
      ---> Dick, I wish you had provided the link to the Legal Genealogist to accompany your article.

      As I understand it, the article written by the Legal Genealogist was published years ago where as the article I referenced was written a few days ago. When referencing other articles, I generaly refer to current news, not to older articles.
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