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Correction (July 14, 2017): The Ancestry.com database is not and never has been public. Idaho Falls Police Department searched the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, which was a publicly available database. Ancestry.com purchased this database and made it non-public.
Original Release: Idaho Falls Police Department recently received a DNA report that clears Michael Usry Jr. and his family of involvement in the Angie Dodge homicide case. The testing clears the Usry family out to the 6th-degree relative.
In 2014, in an effort to find a DNA match to the killer involved in the Angie Dodge case, police searched the public DNA database, Ancestry.com. Using the Y strand only from DNA found at the murder scene, the report showed 34 out of 35 markers of the Usry family.
The department then took the DNA testing to the next level. Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Kinship testing from the Parabon Nanolabs was completed. The test not only evaluated the Y strand, but the familial DNA of both the male side and female side, overlaying them to come up with a profile. The report stated that they were 87.63 percent confident that the unknown DNA from the Angie Dodge crime scene did not match the Usry family.
Parabon testing is the same testing the Idaho Falls Police Department used to get the DNA Phenotype snapshot of the suspected killer released in a press conference on May 1, 2017.
“We have talked to both Mike Usry Jr. and Carol Dodge personally to let them know of the test results,” states Det. Pat McKenna, Idaho Falls Police Department. “We are continuing to work the leads received from the snapshot and continuing with our investigation as we have been. These results do not change that,” adds McKenna.