RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A familial DNA search has led to an arrest in Virginia.
Brad Jenkins with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science says several cases linked by DNA appeared to be the work of the same person. He said that a familial DNA search found a possible relative of the suspect.
The suspect was arrested following a police investigation and additional DNA testing.
The newspaper says the department declined to provide any details at the request of a local prosecutor and the law enforcement agency that sought the search.
Familial searches use genetic material from relatives to track suspects in violent crimes who have left DNA evidence at a crime scene but their DNA isn't contained in any database.
The searches were approved in Virginia in 2011.