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GENEALOGY SITE, DNA USED TO HELP SOLVE DECADES-OLD MURDER

Forensic genealogists followed a trail built on decades-old DNA evidence to help identify a woman whose body was found near a Lake Tahoe hiking trail in 1982 and her killer who confessed to three other murders, investigators said Tuesday.

Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam announced he has closed the investigation into the shooting deathtwo killings in the San Jose area in January 1983 but killed himself in a Santa Clara jail before he went to trial. Curry also was a suspect in a fourth murder in the Santa Clara area but that victim’s remains were never found, authorities said.

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