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[Case Resolution] "Beaver Creek John Doe" Identified as David Emil Jacobsen


Intermountain Forensics (IMF) is honored to join the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office to report, in partnership with the Ramapo College Investigative Genetic Genealogy Certificate Program, "Beaver Creek John Doe" has been successfully identified as David Emil Jacobsen.


David's body was discovered in 2011 near a hiking area in Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, Arizona. No wallet or identifying documents on his person caused difficulties in establishing his identification. Unyielding investigative efforts by the Yavapai County Sheriff's office and funding/forensic investigative genetic genealogy research for the case by our esteemed partners, the Ramapo College Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) Center, ensured that David's name was finally returned to him after a 12 year wait.


Our IMF laboratory was tasked with extracting DNA and obtaining a Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) profile utilizing some of the most advanced, cutting edge DNA sequencing and bioinformatics available to our investigative partners.


We express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the team of partners who collaborated with the IMF team to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. IMF joins the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and the Ramapo College IGG Center in extending our condolences and warmest regards to the family and loved ones of David.


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