Just weeks after the country was shocked by the arrest of a suspect in the 40 year old East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer case, the use of DNA and an open-source geneology website has apparently solved another, lesser known murder, this time from 1987:
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in Washington says a 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the cold case of a young Saanich couple found murdered in Washington state in 1987.
According to investigators, William Earl Talbott II, who is from the Seattle-Tacoma area, has been taken into custody. He has been charged with the first-degree murder of Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18.
Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, were found dead near Seattle in November 1987.
In this cold case, a digital file containing DNA genotype data from evidence at the crime scene was uploaded to GEDmatch, a public genetic genealogy website. Matches were found for two of the suspect’s relatives.
Parabon NanoLabs, a DNA technology company in Virginia that also developed the composite sketches, discovered Talbott’s identity from the matches and police then got an abandoned DNA sample from a cup he had used.
Today, I tried to knock on the door of a home owned by William Earl Talbott II — who authorities arrested hours earlier in a cold-case double homicide. Neighbors aggressively shooed me away. https://t.co/QdHQaFoUNJ pic.twitter.com/LCXaneHfFj
— Jessica Lee (@jessleeST) May 19, 2018
The world of crime-solving brims with excitement, speculating on which cold case will be solved next:
Good. I saw this today & wondered how many of these animals thought they got by w/perfect crime are getting worried now https://t.co/NLiF7WL69P
— LouLou (@cowgirl9471) May 21, 2018
Interesting question, that: just how many murderers are now living with the nerve-wracking worry that they, too, will soon face their day of reckoning?