The DNA Doe Project was honored to assist the Rosemount, Minnesota Police Department with this case. Julie Pulkrabek of Rosemount PD had already done most of the work to obtain the DNA profile as well as the preliminary genetic genealogy tree-building to try to learn how the Doe’s matches were related to him. The expertise of a DNA Doe Project genealogist was able to quickly narrow down the Doe’s place in his family tree and identify him.
Excerpt from the Hennepin County Press Release:
After years of investigating and tracking down hundreds of leads, law enforcement has identified “John Doe,” who was found deceased in Rosemount in 2014.
Thanks to DNA science and law enforcement partnerships across the state and county, we now know that his name is James Everett. He was 48 years old at the time of his death and was from Cohocton, New York. His wife, Patricia Everett, described him as an intelligent man, computer geek, accomplished cook, self-taught acoustic guitar player and sports fan.
“We, especially me, never gave up searching. We were always on the lookout for him when out and about and frequently did a lot of online searching for any indication of activity or other clues as to his whereabouts…” Everett said. “Although this has not been the expected nor desired outcome in our search for him, we are all grateful and blessed to at least have this opportunity for closure, which many are not as fortunate to get.”
Last Updated: July 16, 2022