Sunday, February 21, 2021

Othram: Appalachian hiker found dead in tent identified via DNA forensics


Othram helps solve another mystery: the identity of a dead Appalachian hiker. 

There are ~50k unidentified deceased individuals in the US, with ~1k new cases each year.
CBS Sunday Morning: He was a mystery who intrigued thousands: Who was the hiker who walked almost the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, living completely off the grid, only to be found dead in a tent in Florida? It took years, and the persistence of amateur sleuths, to crack the case. Nicholas Thompson of The Atlantic Magazine tells the tale of the man who went by the name "Mostly Harmless," and about the efforts stirred by the mystery of his identity to give names to nameless missing persons.
See also Othram: the future of DNA forensics.

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