December 4, 2023

SANTA CRUZ — With the assistance of gene sequencing advances, investigators have recognized a person discovered useless of obvious foul play 41 years in the past in Pure Bridges State Park.

Distinctive tattoos discovered on the physique of a person now recognized as Rodney Alan Rumsey. (Santa Cruz Police Division — Contributed) 

Based on a launch posted to the web site of DNASolves, an arm of Houston-based lab Othram Inc., the “John Doe” unsolved doubtless murder sufferer was 28-year-old Rodney Alan Rumsey, of Woodland.

In 2022, the California Division of Justice, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Workplace, submitted forensic proof to Othram. The corporate’s scientists used the forensic proof to develop a DNA extract and, later, a complete DNA profile for the person. The lab’s in-house forensic genetic family tree group produced new investigative leads that had been despatched again to regulation enforcement, whose investigators decided that Rumsey was born Might 25, 1954. Extra particulars of his life remained sparse, in response to Othram.

Santa Cruz Police Division Lt. Karina Ceceña stated that the unsolved murder had now been moved to “energetic” investigation standing, as a result of sufferer’s identification. She confirmed that the division continued to deal with Rumsey’s loss of life as a potential murder.

The Sheriff’s Workplace, Ceceña stated, had entry to the physique’s DNA proof via its Coroner’s Unit.

“It’s an open case. Clearly, now we now have an ID on the sufferer so we’re type of beginning over now,” Ceceña stated. “We’ll truly interview household and go from there.”