DNA leads to man’s arrest 46 years after murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe: ‘We have never forgotten Linda’

first_imgNewport Beach Police(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) — A man has been arrested through DNA and genetic genealogy in the decades-old cold case killing of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe, who was strangled to death in Southern California in 1973, authorities said.O’Keefe was last seen alive on July 6, 1973, as she walked home from summer school, the Newport Beach Police Department said. Her body was found the next day — but decades went by without an arrest.O’Keefe’s suspected killer, James Neal, who lived in Southern California in the 1970s, was arrested this week in Colorado where he had been living, said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, who was 12 himself at the time of the murder, at a Wednesday news conference.Neal worked in construction at the time of the crime, officials said. He left California after the alleged killing and went to Florida where he changed his name, officials said.DNA recovered from O’Keefe shortly after her death was put into the Combined DNA Index System — the law enforcement database known as CODIS — but there was no hit, Spitzer said.Through genealogical DNA, though, investigators corroborated the DNA from O’Keefe’s body and the DNA obtained from the suspect, according to Spitzer. The genealogical hit came in January, officials said.It is not clear if Neal, 72, will waive extradition, Spitzer said.“We have never forgotten Linda,” Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis said at the news conference.O’Keefe’s parents have since died, Spitzer said, but her sisters have been notified about the arrest.The novel investigative technique of genetic genealogy takes an unknown killer’s DNA from a crime scene and identifies the suspect through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to genealogy databases. Since April 2018, genetic genealogy has helped identify more than two dozen suspects.This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using CODIS, said CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon NanoLabs. Parabon has worked on the majority of the cold cases cracked through genetic genealogy, including O’Keefe’s case.Last year, 45 years after O’Keefe’s body was found, police released these sketches of her suspected killer.Parabon used the DNA from the crime scene to predict the suspect’s eye color, hair color and skin color. The sketches depict what the suspect may have looked like at 25 years old as well as an age-progressed version.The lead bringing officials to Neal came after these sketches were released, authorities said Wednesday. “But now, 45 yrs later, I have a voice again. And I have something important to say. There is a new lead in my case: a face. A face that comes from DNA that the killer left behind. It’s technology that didn’t exist back in 1973, but it might change everything today.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/GsZClKFwPj— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 7, 2018The police department last year also “live-tweeted” O’Keefe’s story from her perspective, narrating the final day of her life in real-time, exactly 45 years later. “Let’s see… What else can I tell you about me?? I’ve always been *really* good at tidying up. Mom says I’m like a ‘little mother’ and always keep my room very neat. Whenever I clean up, I ask her to come see. I like hearing her tell me that I did a good job.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/cYfjJEGnX6— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 6, 2018The Twitter campaign did not lead to the suspect’s identification, but it did create an emphasis on the case and opened doors for the case to be pursued with renewed efforts, officials said.According to police, O’Keefe normally rode her bike to summer school. But that day, she was dropped off.While waiting to use the school phone, O’Keefe went outside. Her friend later told police a turquoise van stopped next to O’Keefe a few times as she walked.O’Keefe then called her mother from the school office, and her mother told her she was busy sewing and that she should walk home, police said.A woman later told police she saw O’Keefe standing next to a turquoise van and talking to the driver — a white man in his mid-20s or early 30s. “I’m wearing a dress today… It’s white, with light blue flowers on it, and dark blue trim. My mom made it. She makes a lot of my clothes, and my sisters’ clothes. She’s really good at sewing, and we don’t have a lot of money for fancy store outfits anyhow.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/9sucqJsnGg— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 6, 2018 “Hi. I’m Linda O’Keefe (or Linda ANN O’Keefe, if I’m in trouble with my mom). Forty-five years ago today, I disappeared from Newport Beach. I was murdered and my body was found in the Back Bay. My killer was never found. Today, I’m going to tell you my story.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/G25n2IppZb— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 6, 2018center_img “Officers are searching everywhere. Back then, there were vacant fields south of Pacific View and east of Marguerite. They search the fields, the reservoir, the neighborhoods, the streets. Nothing.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/zgdl0JfPvr— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 7, 2018 “Officers are searching Fashion Island. The Back Bay. On foot. By car. By helicopter. Jeeps are used in the places the patrol cars can’t get to. Still… nothing.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/9LNk8LQ9Et— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 7, 2018That night, a woman who lives in the bluffs above Back Bay heard a voice scream, “Stop, you’re hurting me,” police said.The next day, a man visiting that area found O’Keefe’s strangled body, police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. “The van is parked along the curb, just before the intersection of Marguerite and Inlet Drive. The front passenger door is open, and I’m standing right beside it. Jannine will remember that she sees the driver: a man, white, in his mid-20s or early 30s.” #LindasStory pic.twitter.com/Q2A1mTSyYp— Newport Beach Police (@NewportBeachPD) July 6, 2018But O’Keefe never came home. Her family called the police and officers then joined the search for the 4-foot-tall girl with long brown hair and blue eyes.last_img read more

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COVID: Hasbro Launches Website To Keep Families Busy

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – A toy company wants to bring fun to families sitting out the pandemic together.Hasbro is pointing parents and caregivers to its new website, BringHomeTheFun.com.There it says you will be able to find ideas and activities to keep kids occupied and entertained.The website also features resources to help families cope with stress, parenting articles and activity guides for parents and their children. Hasbro, known for its family-friendly toys and games, says the website is a part of the bring home the fun campaign it launched this week.last_img

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Wednesday morning fire at new hospital

first_imgThe fire started shortly after 8:00 a.m. near a loading dock at the new facility. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the Fire department believes the fire may have started near a portable welding unit.Fire Chief Fred Burrows says it was a large volume fire and the smoke was visible all over Fort St. John. Most of the damage is to the exterior of the building.[asset|aid=3447|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2887c52f8a7e18d8ff331956e9a50853-Burrows – 1_2_Pub.mp3] Firefighters responded to call a Wednesday morning, at the new hospital site/ Sean Assor-Energeticcity.ca One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Construction crews are now working to clear smoke from the building.Advertisement – Advertisement -Fort St. John fire crews were able to quickly extinguish a fire at the construction site of the new Fort St. John Hospital Wednesday morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.last_img read more

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SA heroes share stories of Haiti

first_img In either case, not an easy task. “At that point we knew why we were there. We were there to help people.” As they tell their stories, one can only hope that by merely sharing their experiences there, they will one day be able to lay their ghosts to rest. Most say nothing could have prepared them for what they saw when they arrived in Haiti, or for the stench of decomposing bodies that permeated the air. Just over two weeks after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, it’s been reported that over 150 000 people have been killed and the number could possibly rise as recovery efforts continue. Countries from all over the world have pledged support to the devastated nation in an effort to rebuild a country that many called home. “I’ve attended many natural disaster hit areas, but nothing could prepare me for what I saw in Haiti. Where ever we were, we smelt the rot of dead people. And while the people of Haiti try to put the pieces of their lives back together, the South African men and women who have returned home after offering their assistance now have to try and get on with normal life. Source: BuaNews “We found a woman lying on the streets of Port-au-Prince. She had a femur fracture. She had been lying on the streets for three days. She wasn’t covered; she was just laying there, out in the open. “We were also deployed to a church that was badly burned and a convent next to the church, which was also a school for children. It was completely flattened,” he said. For Bruce Hepburn, who was part of Rescue South Africa’s rescue contingent, images of a family who were killed inches from their door while attempting to escape the deadly quake in their home will forever remain embedded in his mind. Hepburn said while they experienced many difficulties, he and his team were proud of the work they had done. He added that while the city is gripped with poverty, it was amazing to see the compassion of the city’s people. “We worked long and hard and exposed ourselves to a lot of destruction and trauma,” he said.center_img “While trying to find life, the nuns who had made it were right there with us, dressed immaculately and were so serene. They thanked us for helping them. It was a deeply moving experience. They were surrounded by complete destruction, but they remained poised, serene and with their dignity intact.” For Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality emergency services senior district manager for training, Tshidiso Leotlela, it was heartbreaking to see “what nature can do. “You can’t comprehend the complexity of managing a situation like that. All we could do was our best. When you lay down at night and thought back on what you saw, you couldn’t help but feel concerned. You knew that people could still be alive but you didn’t know how to get to them. Hepburn, whose team was initially deployed to the United Nations Compound to search for live victims, said the experience was heart-wrenching. For the South African men and women who were part of the heroic rescue efforts in earthquake-hit Haiti, the vivid pictures of devastation will forever remain with them. ‘You will never understand the destruction’ 28 January 2010 “And when we were out in the field, we were hoping and praying to find people alive. But we gave off our best and did the job that we were there to do.” ‘All we could do was our best’ “There was a little boy running through the streets of Port-au-Prince without any shoes on. Someone called after him and took off his shoes and gave them to the little boy.” “We used masks to shield the smell”, Leotlela said. “The team supported each other every day and held prayer meetings everyday. You will never understand the destruction if you were not there.” He said that although he and his team were confronted with many traumatic experiences, they were deployed to Haiti to help those in distress.last_img read more

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Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury

first_imgRead Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon, left, puts up a reverse layup as Philadelphia 76ers’ Justin Anderson tries to defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)MILWAUKEE  — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.Brogdon suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Bucks’ 108-89 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. The reigning Rookie of the Year went down after a dunk and needed to be helped off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The Bucks said in a statement Friday they learned the extent of Brogdon’s injury after he underwent an MRI and an examination by the team’s doctor.Bucks forward D.J. Wilson said he had feared that Brogdon’s injury was even worse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Finding out that he’s going to be out for a couple of months kind of shocked me. Shocked all of us,” Wilson said. “Six to eight weeks is a long time, but not as long as it could have been.”Brogdon has played in 46 games this season and is averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only Bucks players to win the league’s top rookie honors.center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Magnolia seizes solo PH Cup lead 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. We understand that it’s part of the game,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “He’s tough-minded and he will battle through this.”last_img read more

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Serena Williams backs Nike after maternity pay controversy

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Serena Williams backed her sponsor Nike on Monday after controversy over the sporting goods giant’s maternity policy, saying that “it’s about learning from mistakes”.The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been the face of a Nike advertising campaign telling women to “dream crazier”.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 33-year-old Felix had spoken out after US team-mates Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher leveled similar allegations against Nike as part of an investigation by the Times.“They told stories we athletes know are true, but have been too scared to tell publicly: If we have children, we risk pay cuts from our sponsors during pregnancy and afterward,” wrote Felix, who gave birth to a baby girl in December.The New York Times reported that Williams’ contract had been kept intact when she was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, while other women saw their pay cut in similar situations.But the 37-year-old Williams said that it was understandable it took Nike time to embrace change.“I feel like as time goes on, as technology changes and as, you know, the world changes, people realize that we have to change our policies,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ View comments The company has reportedly said it will change its policy of cutting female athletes’ pay during and after pregnancy, after being widely criticized, including by American track and field star Allyson Felix.“I’m glad that statement was made, and I know that herefore and going forward, they’re doing better,” Williams said after her French Open first-round win over Russian Vitalia Diatchenko in Paris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s what it’s about. It’s about learning from mistakes and doing better.”According to the New York Times, Nike plans to waive performance-pay reductions for 12 months for athletes who decide to have a baby. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Mighty Sports assembles best possible team for Jones Cup, taps Rajko Toroman as deputy “And I think that Nike wanted to do that, and they started doing that. And so I think they made a really bold statement by doing that with me, and I think they’re going to — I know, actually, that they’re going to continue to make that statement.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

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TFA’s New App

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) now has its own Smartphone/Tablet TFA App! TFA is delighted to announce the trial of a new App with Team App; a platform that allows organisations and teams to improve engagement and communications via smartphone/tablet apps. The trial of this application is to aid the reach and accessibility of information in relation to Touch Football within the community. As we are still in the initial stages of implementation, TFA will trial this new application during the 2015 National Touch League (NTL) event, from 11th-14th March, 2015 as the first opportunity. Various access groups have been set up within the app to incorporate audiences including players, supporters and team managers.TFA will use the trial app to communicate various information and promotions such as:News – including push notifications and event updatesScheduled EventsPhotosSocial Media LinksHard Wrap MagazineWebsite LinksThe app will be used as an additional method of communication for TFA, complementing, not replacing, the traditional methods. Download your awesome new TFA App now and stay up to date with all the latest information. Install the TFA App on your smartphone now by following these steps: 1. Download Team App from the Apple or Google Play app store. 2. Sign up to Team App: www.teamapp.com. You will be sent an email to confirm your registration. 3. Log into the App and search ‘Touch Football Australia’. 4. Choose your applicable access group(s). Team managers will need to request access before being confirmed. For more information please view the two documents attached below.Related Filestfa_app_image-pdftfa_app_memorandum-pdfRelated LinksTeam App and TFAlast_img read more

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10 months agoAjax midfielder De Jong accepts Barcelona contract offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax midfielder De Jong accepts Barcelona contract offerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has accepted a contract offer from Barcelona.Sport says the Blaugrana have taken a big leap forward in the push for the Ajax midfielder in recent weeks. De Jong has now given the OK to the club’s proposal, waiting for the two sides to reach an agreement for his fee. Barca has wanted to put a reservation on the player, who has always shown his willing to play at Camp Nou, to try and negotiate a lower fee.Barca have agreed with them that they can move for De Jong in June 2019 if the player wants to go – which he does. last_img

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9 months agoJuventus captain Chiellini: Ronaldo ‘s arrival surprised me

first_imgJuventus captain Chiellini: Ronaldo ‘s arrival surprised meby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini admits he was surprised by their swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer.Chiellini confessed he was taken aback by the deal.“Cristiano scored many, many, many times against us and he broke my dreams many times – in Cardiff, in Madrid, in Turin,” the defender told BBC Sport.“Before, the Champions League was a dream. Now it is a target because Cristiano is the best player in the world and we need him to make the last step.“It’s the personality of Cristiano. He has fantastic skills in the field but out of the field, his attitude – how he works, how he prepares for the match, how he lives every day of his life – can help us. The team has changed.“We started in the first three months nearly in perfection but we know the most important period is from spring.“I think that we are one of the four or five teams who are favourites – Barcelona, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich. But also PSG and Atletico can reach the victory and we are so far away from the key matches still.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoNapoli striker Llorente fancies Spurs revenge on Liverpool

first_imgNapoli striker Llorente fancies Spurs revenge on Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFernando Llorente is up for Napoli’s Champions League opener against Liverpool.The former Tottenham striker says he’ll be ready should he be called upon.He said, “My second match with Napoli and immediately I find the Champions League finalist who beat us in the final. I can’t wait to play and help the team, if I have the opportunity. “We have the dream of giving 100%, Liverpool started the championship in incredible form, the most important thing when we meet teams like this is that we don’t make mistakes, Liverpool have players with so much quality, it’s very strong on the break, they don’t make mistakes. We have to be very careful and play a great game, giving the maximum, each one of us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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