After attempts to identify the victim did not produce a name, the coroner’s office reached out to the DNA Doe Project in December 2018 for help with the case. University of North Texas Center for Human Identification sent remaining DNA extract to the sequencing lab HudsonAlpha Discovery. Data was uploaded to GEDmatch and later to Family Tree DNA, where the Doe Project team of volunteer genealogists discovered a close family member.
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 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, notes that 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 is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Porter’s death. If anyone has information about Porter they are asked to call detective Joe Ventre at 513-785-1239.