Within hours, the team worked out the connections between the DNA matches.
Team member Megan Street recalls the moment the family tree was finally built out and led to the identification Larry Porter, corroborated by other online clues that seemed to cease in 1996.
“Every hair on the back of my neck stood up,” Street said.
Margaret Press, CEO and co-founder of the Doe DNA Project, said this is the sixth Ohio Doe case that DDP has helped identify.
“I am proud of the work done by the coroner’s office and the continued commitment which led to resolution of this long-standing case. We are grateful to have identified Mr. Porter and reunited him with his family,” Mannix said.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has been been investigating for years to determine what happened to the man. Identification could help, according to Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer.
“Cases like this always remain open. But the focus has been identifying him. The reality is the probability of actually solving what happen is probably nil,” Dwyer said. “We would obviously work any lead that came in but we have exhausted most leads that back within the first year it was investigated. It may not even be a crime, he may have fallen.”
If anyone has information about Porter they are asked to call Detective Joe Ventre at 513-785-1239.