DNA Tests Show 1977 Snohomish County Murder Victim Born In Hood River

DNA and Investigative Genetic Genealogy has determined the identity of a 1977 murder victim in the Everett area was a woman who was born in Hood River.  The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says Elizabeth Ann Elder was born in 1959 in Hood River, and was adopted around the age of two and named Elizabeth Ann Roberts.  She went by Lisa Roberts, and was raised in Roseburg.  The woman was reported as a runaway on July 25, 1977 when she was 17, and was murdered 15 days later after being picked up while hitchhiking in the Silver Lake area of Snohomish County.  The DNA used for the identification was obtained from Lisa’s hair using a new scientific technique.  Firebird Forensic Group used public genetic genealogy websites to build a family tree to identify the biological parents, and further investigation found a biological half-brother, whose DNA was used to verify he matched to Lisa’s maternal DNA profile.  Adoption records were then obtained from the Oregon Health Authority.   Arrangements are currently being made for Lisa’s memorial service and her remains will be buried in a family plot in Hood River.

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