April Tinsley: How Genetic Genealogy was used to solve a 30-year-old Cold case.
I have been a police officer for 25 years, the last 7 as a lead homicide detective. The last two years have been spent as the lead cold case detective within our department. I have been a member of the F.B.I. Northeast Indiana Bank Robbery Task Force for the past 7 years as well. Prior to my current assignment in the Homicide Division, I worked undercover narcotics for approximately 10 years. I also helped form the Clandestine Laboratory team and lead this team for two years. I have been a member of the Fort Wayne Police Department Emergency Services Team for the past 16 years, serving several years as an Assistant Squad leader. I have also worked a temporary duty assignment with the F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force, with a focus on narcotics and violent street gangs.
I hold a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana State University.
I have presented for several Law enforcement organizations, and University Criminal Justice programs. I am presenting in August 12-15 2019 in Dallas, TX. at the 2019 Crimes Against Children Conference, December 10 2019 Las Vegas, NV for P.A.T.C Homicide training seminar, November 11-15 2019 for the Southeastern Homicide Investigators Association.
I have also presented and been featured on 60 minutes, the BBC and just completed a documentary for a new ABC documentary “DNA Detectives” which set air summer of 2019. We have just received the Honorable Mention for the TOP COPS Awards to be presented May 12 2019 in Washington D.C