Technology reconstructs person's facial features using DNA sampl - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Technology reconstructs person's facial features using DNA sample

(Source: CPSO) (Source: CPSO)

New DNA technology can create a composite picture of a person from a sample of their DNA, predicting their skin color, eye color, hair color, if they have freckles, and the morphology of their face.

"It's the same kind of information that an eye-witness would provide. It's sort of a genetic witness if you will," said company founder, Steven Armentrout.

Before this technology, Investigators could take a DNA sample and run it through a database hoping for a hit, but without a match the investigation would hit a brick wall. This new DNA technology is revolutionizing the way law enforcement cracks cold cases.

A company in Virginia called Parabon released the new technology December 2014. It's called "Snapshot." The computer program predicts what someone looks like by basically reverse engineering the genetic code.

"We're looking at things that are heritable, so skin color, eye color, things that an individual would know about themselves just by simply looking in a mirror or by knowing something about their family lineage," said Paula Armentrout, Parabon vice president.

It compares the DNA with other individuals in the database from all over the world.

"It's been very well received by the law enforcement community because we're giving them information that they've never had access to before, but they've always wanted," said Paula Armentrout.

Based on a DNA sample taken from the crime scene, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office authorities believe that the person who killed Sierra Bouzigard in 2009 is a white male, Sheriff Tony Mancuso said at a Tuesday news conference.

Mancuso said that detectives initially believed Bouzigard's attacker was a Hispanic male because she was with several Hispanic males the night she died.

However, new advances in DNA testing have allowed authorities to focus on a white male with green, or possibly blue, eyes, Mancuso said. It also ruled out that Bouzigard's attacker was a Hispanic or African-American male.

The mother of Sierra Bouzigard, Dana Bouzigard, told us over the phone that the new picture of her daughter's killer does look familiar and she says she has her own suspicions as to who he may be. She is working with authorities on this investigation.

Copyright 2015 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Teen violence continues to increase in Calcasieu Parish

    Teen violence continues to increase in Calcasieu Parish

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:21 PM EST2017-11-22 01:21:03 GMT

    The Calcasieu District Attorney confirms last night-- a sixteen year old allegedly shot someone at or near the Lake Charles Civic Center-- The victim is expected to recover.  And, Last weekend-- a 17 year old was arrested in connection with a homicide in Sulphur. It's alarming to many, how often deadly violence involves teenagers.  Most recently  17 year old Blake Poullard was booked into jail in connection with the homicide of 24 year old David Reed of...

    More >>

    The Calcasieu District Attorney confirms last night-- a sixteen year old allegedly shot someone at or near the Lake Charles Civic Center-- The victim is expected to recover.  And, Last weekend-- a 17 year old was arrested in connection with a homicide in Sulphur. It's alarming to many, how often deadly violence involves teenagers.  Most recently  17 year old Blake Poullard was booked into jail in connection with the homicide of 24 year old David Reed of...

    More >>
  • Major insurance provider canceling policies due to asbestos

    Major insurance provider canceling policies due to asbestos

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:59 PM EST2017-11-21 23:59:01 GMT

    Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, that's not the case for a major insurance provider that is now dropping clients because of a policy change regarding asbestos. A homeowner came to 7news with a letter stating their Allstate homeowner's insurance policy is being canceled.  The siding of the home is made of asbestos, a popular insulation material used before it was outlawed in 1980 because exposure can be dangerous, often leading to lung cancer and mesothelioma.  Pre...

    More >>

    Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, that's not the case for a major insurance provider that is now dropping clients because of a policy change regarding asbestos. A homeowner came to 7news with a letter stating their Allstate homeowner's insurance policy is being canceled.  The siding of the home is made of asbestos, a popular insulation material used before it was outlawed in 1980 because exposure can be dangerous, often leading to lung cancer and mesothelioma.  Pre...

    More >>
  • Boil advisory lifted for Town of Oberlin

    Boil advisory lifted for Town of Oberlin

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 1:44 PM EST2017-11-21 18:44:32 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Town of Oberlin has been placed under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a Cleco fuse. For more information, call Superintendent Robert Smith at 337-389-9157 or 337-639-4333.    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    The Town of Oberlin has been placed under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a Cleco fuse. For more information, call Superintendent Robert Smith at 337-389-9157 or 337-639-4333.    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly