The Incredible Postmortem Journey of “Transgender Julie Doe”, “Trans Doe TaskForce.org — Julie’s case was taken on by the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit organization that utilizes forensic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does through autosomal DNA comparison to identify genetic cousins of unidentified decedents.
Can you help solve the mystery of Transgender Julie Doe?, by David Hudson, “Gay Star News” — In 1988, a man came across a woman’s body in a wooded, marshy area of Lake County, Florida. She had been dead for several months. An autopsy was performed. It estimated the woman to be aged between 24 and 32 years old, around 5 feet 10 inches tall. She had 250cc silicone breast implants. However, following DNA analysis earlier this decade, the victim was found to have XY chromosomes. This revealed she was probably transgender.
Sleuths Are Haunted by the Cold Case of Julie Doe, by Sarah Zhang, “The Atlantic” — Julie Doe’s case was the very first taken up by the Trans Doe Task Force, a small group of volunteers specializing in cold cases with transgender victims. Lee and Anthony Redgrave, a married couple in western Massachusetts, founded the group last year. They began as volunteers with the nonprofit DNA Doe Project, which tries to find names for unidentified bodies through genetic genealogy—a method that combines searching DNA databases with more traditional research of family trees. Genetic genealogy has recently revolutionized cold cases, but Lee and Anthony quickly saw the limits of DNA and family trees for victims who are transgender.