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East Coast students identify body found in Yavapai County in 2011

Students in Ramapo College's Investigative Genealogy Certificate Program have identified remains found in northern Arizona in 2011, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday, February 6, 2024. (Facebook Photo/Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Ramapo College of New Jersey)

(Facebook Photo/Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Ramapo College of New Jersey)

PHOENIX – University of New Jersey forensic genealogy students have solved a cold case in Arizona by identifying a body found in Yavapai County nearly 13 years ago, authorities announced Tuesday.

David Emil Jacobsen was the man found dead in the Beaver Creek area in August 2011. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

When his body was discovered, he had no identification, and years passed without a match against missing persons or fingerprint databases.

Who identified the body found in northern Arizona in 2011?

It took a team of college students from the East Coast to crack the case.

ramapo college Schools in Mahwah, New Jersey contacted YCSO in early 2023 regarding a cold case that may be investigated. Investigative Genealogy Certificate Program.

The university selected John Doe in Arizona as one of the cases and was able to identify Jacobsen at no cost to YCSO.

The Yavapai County Coroner's Office confirmed the student's findings through mitochondrial DNA comparisons and determined that Jacobsen died of natural causes due to heart complications.

“YCSO appreciates Ramapo College's efforts and the students' hard work in this effort. We look forward to working together on other cases in the future,” the law enforcement agency said in a press release. .

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