Vallejo Police Department(NEW YORK) — Over four decades after a woman was sexually assaulted and killed, a suspect has finally been identified through the new, but growing, investigative tool of genetic genealogy.Naomi Sanders was found sexually assaulted and strangled to death on Feb. 27, 1973 inside her apartment in Vallejo, California, about 30 miles outside San Francisco.Sanders, 57, lived alone and was the onsite manager for the apartment complex, the Vallejo Police Department said.But the years ticked by without progress in her case.In 2014, forensic testing was completed on the clothes Sanders was wearing when she was killed, and analysts found a semen stain, said police.A DNA profile was developed from the stain and entered into the law enforcement database Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) — but there was no match, police said.Detectives said they continued to run the DNA profile against new people when they were added to CODIS, still without a match.In 2016, detectives tried familial DNA technology, which allowed them to search the California DNA database and wider DNA databases in other states for people related to the unknown suspect, police said. Again, they didn’t get a hit.Police said the break in the case finally came when authorities started to look into genetic genealogy in 2018.Through genetic genealogy, an unknown killer’s DNA left at a crime scene can be identified through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to a genealogy database. This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using law enforcement databases like CODIS.Genetic genealogy first came to light as an investigative tool in April 2018 when the suspected “Golden State Killer” was arrested through the technique. Since then, over 100 suspects have been identified through the technology, according to Parabon NanoLabs Chief Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore, who worked on the Sanders case.After working through the family tree of Sanders’ unknown killer in April 2019, analysts were able to zero-in on two persons of interest, authorities said.Detectives went to Louisiana in 2019 where they collected a discarded item from one of those persons of interest, police said. They tested the DNA from that item, but didn’t get a match, so they eliminated the man as a suspect, police said.That left police with the second person of interest — who was dead and had been cremated, they said.Authorities contacted one of his sons and collected his DNA, which determined that Sanders’ suspected killer was Robert Dale Edwards, the Vallejo police announced Thursday.Edwards was a 22-year-old living in Vallejo at the time of the crime, police said. Detectives learned that Edwards’ father was a co-worker of Sanders, police said.He had a criminal history, including attempted murder, assault and domestic violence, police said.Edwards died in 1993 of a drug overdose, police said.Sanders’ family released a statement through the police department, saying so many relatives over the last 46 years “have also passed, and, unfortunately, they cannot be afforded the truth as to what happened.”“Those of us who do remember the stories of Naomi’s life and untimely death can now feel closure thanks to the determination and teamwork of the Vallejo Police Department and partnering law enforcement agencies,” the family said.“May Naomi now rest in peace,” her family said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
A couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF:1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the league. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said. Polian personally spoke to Tim Tebow, who declined.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 14, 2019MORE: AAF Power Rankings Heading Into Week 2After that report started making waves, the Associated Press revealed more details as to what exactly transpired.From the AP:A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league. But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has publicly acknowledged such talks.Kaepernick’s $20 million is far more than what AAF players are making. Players earn $225,000 over three years, which comes out to $75,000 per season. In May, players can opt to chase their NFL dreams, but if they don’t get a roster spot then they are required to come back for another season.MORE: AAF Week 2 Predictions, Odds and Who to Watch The Alliance of American Football league reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing its league prior to its start last weekend.The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones spoke with AAF co-founder Bill Polian who told her that league CEO Charlie Ebersol wanted to see if the free agent QB would play. Jones also followed up on her report by saying the league didn’t initiate talks with Kaepernick.To follow up and correct an earlier tweet about Kaepernick/AAF, I’m told that though there was a conversation between Charlie Ebersol and Colin Kaepernick’s team last summer, the AAF didn’t initiate it. The AAF had other similar calls with free agent players.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 15, 2019AAF also had interest in Tim TebowThe Alliance also reached out to former NFL QB Tim Tebow, but he’s committed to baseball. What’s interesting about Tebow is that Polian reached out and so did Apollos coach Steve Spurrier. Although Tebow said he’s focused on baseball.”And I don’t blame Tim,” Spurrier said earlier this week on PFT Live. “Tim’s got a chance to go to Major League Baseball. I think he starts in the Triple A this year. I think Tim’s probably headed in the baseball direction right now, and I certainly don’t blame him. I think if I was in his situation, I might do the same thing.”
England has named two strong teams to defend next week’s Women and Girls’ Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, Wales, from 3-5 August. The girls’ team are targeting their ninth consecutive win, while the women have won their title four times in the last five years. The women’s team includes four of the players who helped England become European champions earlier this month: Emma Allen, Meghan MacLaren, Lizzie Prior and Olivia Winning. They will be joined by the new English women’s champion Sammie Giles, Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb. The reserve is India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa). The girls’ team is made up of all six members of the team which contested the European girls’ championship, together with 14-year-old Annabell Fuller, who is making her debut at this level. The other players are Louisa Brunt, Sharna Dutrieux, Lily May Humphreys, Emily Price, Bel Wardle and Amelia Williamson. Humphreys and Williamson were both in the top 20 after the qualifying rounds on the European championship. The reserve is Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill). Women’s team Emma Allen, 19, (Meon Valley, Hampshire) had four top ten finishes in her freshman year at the University of Missouri. Last year she was in England’s winning team at the girls’ Home Internationals, winning all six of her games. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) Gemma Clews, 21, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur, reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and been 5th in the Welsh strokeplay. Sammie Giles, 21 (St Mellion, Cornwall) has just won the English women’s amateur and also holds the English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship. Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) tied fourth in the English women’s amateur and was leading qualifier at the English women’s open match play championship. Meghan MacLaren, 22, (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) scored the winning point for GB&I at the Curtis Cup. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit. Lizzie Prior, 18, (Burhill, Surrey) was runner-up in the English women’s amateur for the second year in a row. She won her first event after starting university in the USA and returned to successfully defend the Critchley Salver. Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship for the second time this year and tied 12th in an LET Access Series tournament in Spain in May. Girls’ team Louisa Brunt, 17, (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) won the Pleasington Putter last week, was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and has had top 20 finishes in the German girls’ open and the St Rule Trophy Sharna Dutrieux, 17, (Wrotham Heath, Kent) tied second in the Critchley Salver, was third in the Hampshire Rose and shared fourth place in the Sir Henry Ccooper Junior Masters. Annabell Fuller, 14 (Roehampton, Surrey) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was second in the Scottish U18 girls, the Frilford Heath Salver and the Spring U16 championship. Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels, Essex) won the 2015 English U14 girls’ champion and has followed up this season with a win in the Fairhaven Trophies, second place in the Critchley Salver and third in the Frilford Heath Salver. Emily Price, 16, (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire) enjoyed a spectacular run of three wins in a week capturing the Scottish girls’ open championship, the Leveret and the Whittington Ladies’ Trophy. Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury, Cheshire) was eighth in the St Rule Trophy, 16th in the Welsh women’s stroke play and made the cut in the Portuguese women’s amateur championship. Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was sixth in the English women’s amateur and successfully defended the English schools’ championship for the second year in a row. She was runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies. 25 Jul 2016 England teams named for Home Internationals defence